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Fast-acting coach catches gymnast falling toward disaster

By
Ben Hooper
Coach coach Vitali Laurentide averts disaster by catching gymnast Cadence Tuite. Screenshot: Storyful
Coach coach Vitali Laurentide averts disaster by catching gymnast Cadence Tuite. Screenshot: Storyful

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, April 18 (UPI) -- A gymnastics coach at a competition in Ontario leapt into action when a practice run went wrong and caught a gymnast who appeared headed for injury.

The video, posted to YouTube by Warren Liebman, shows coach Vitali Laurentide watching Cadence Tuite of the Gym Magic Gymnastics Club practice before competing at the Women's Artistic Gymnastics Ontario Championships 2016.

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Something goes wrong as Tuite is launching herself from a horizontal bar and she appears to be headed for potential injury by falling face-first toward an area of floor not protected by mats.

Laurentide jumps into action, catching Tuite and doing a somersault as the pair land on the floor.

The coach's heroic grab earned applause from onlookers.

The Gym magic Gymnastics Club said on Facebook the coach was given an "award" for "Best Catch Ever."

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