Boise State Gymnast Amy Glass Suffers Season-Ending Injury, Teammates Support with Patches and Ribbons

BOISE, Idaho Boise State’s gymnastics meet on Fri., Jan. 30 against Utah State will not only be the Broncos first competitive meet in Taco Bell Arena nor the annual “Pink Out” meet, but also a meet to embrace the meaning of team and support within the Bronco squad.


The Broncos will wear silver “support ribbons” as well as patches on their uniforms to support sophomore teammate Amy Glass who suffered a season-ending injury at the San Jose State Tri-Meet last Sunday. The team will also dedicate the remainder of the season to Glass.


During warm-ups on bars, Glass fell and fractured a vertebrae in her neck but did not suffer any loss of mobility or function. She then underwent surgery on Monday afternoon in San Jose, Calif. The surgery went perfectly and the strong-willed Glass is already sitting up in her hospital bed just days after the surgery. She will now wear a protective halo which she will use for 90-100 days. A Vacaville, Calif. native, Glass will return home with her parents once released from the hospital and will take the spring semester off from school to focus on her recovery. Glass hopes to return to the Boise State campus in the fall.


“We’re all so thankful she’ll recover fully and that her surgery went as well as it could have,” explained co-head coach Tina Bird.


The Broncos’ will support Glass through her recovery by wearing silver ribbons with “Amy” name and competition number, “17” written on them. The patches they will wear read “G 17” standing for “Glass, 17” as well as “WWAD” as a reminder to the Broncos “What Would Amy Do?” when they feel down about her injury.


“Amy wouldn’t want us to lie down or back down,” said Bird. “When the team is down and trying to focus they will just remember to ask themselves “what would Amy do?” in this situation. She would keep fighting.”


The team has already shown adversity and strength by coming from behind to defeat San Jose State and score a team season-high score without Glass in the line-up.


As a freshman, Glass was a key contributor to the Broncos’ line-ups competing in the all-around. She was named the Western Athletic Conference Gymnast of the Week for Feb. 18, 2008 as well as WAC Specialist of the Week for Jan. 14, 2008. Glass was also one of 10 Broncos to earn All-WAC Academic honors in 2008.


A brave team, the Broncos returned to the practice gym on Sunday, just two days after the accident, showing Glass that her leadership and strength is felt throughout the team.


“We just ask that the fans and community keep Amy and her family in their thoughts and prayers,” said Bird.


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