Pro-Mountain Biker Beth Coats is Paralyzed
Beth Coats

Statement Issued Today Confirms the Worst
Wednesday, May 13, 1998

The Diamondback Statement:
"As many of you know, Diamondback Rider Beth Coats, was involved in a severe mountain climbing accident this past March. As a result of that accident, Beth is paralyzed from her waist down."

In order to assist her, an account has been set up whereby donations can be made to help in her rehabilitation process."

Beth appreciates all the kind words of encouragement and all the help her friends in the bicycle community have provided."

Thank you in advance."

— Bryan Seti, Director of Marketing, Diamondback Bicycles
Beth Coats to Undergo Rehab
Pro mountain bike racer suffered spinal injuries in climbing accident
Wednesday, April 15, 1998

Pro mountain bike racer Beth Coats, who suffered severe spinal injuries in a rock climbing accident in Colorado March 25, has been moved to a Denver hospital for rehabilitation.

Doctors at Colorado Community Hospital called Coats's March 28 surgery a "success," but on the wishes of her family, no further information has been released as to her condition.

Coats is expected to remain at Craig Hospital in Colorado for at least three months.

Climbing in El Dorado Canyon State Park, Coats fell 35 feet fracturing vertebras in her upper and lower back, fracturing her left shoulder and breaking her left arm. She was unconscious and not breathing when a friend reached her and was able to revive her.

Coats joined the Diamondback Racing team this year after riding as an independent last year. A two-time winter Olympic biathlete, in 1992 and 1994, Coats won last season's Norba opener at Snow Summit and finished third overall in the Norba National Series.

Coats rode in March's Sea Otter Classic and the Cactus Cup. World Cup racing began three days after her accident.

She began riding professionally in 1995.

Coats's Career Highlights

1997 3rd, overall NORBA series, 2nd America
1997 1st, NORBA National, Snow Summit
1997 16th, World Championships
1997 4th, World Cup, Vermont
1997 4th, NORBA National, Park City
1997 4th, NORBA National, Minnesota
1997 8th, World Cup, Vail
1997 1st, NORBA National, Big Bear
1996 6th, overall NORBA series
1996 17th, World Championships
1996 2nd, NORBA National, Big Bear
1996 4th, NORBA National, Mammoth
1996 12th, World Cup, Bromont, Canada
1996 5th, NORBA National, Park City
1995 Rookie Year as Pro, still ski racing full time
1995 13th, overall NORBA series
1995 10th, World Cup, Mammoth
1995 8th, NORBA National, Big Bear
1995 13th, NORBA National, Georgia

If you would like to send a card:
Craig Hospital
Beth Coats -Patient
3425 South Clarkson Street
Englewood, CO 80110
Ph: 303.789.8000

Sarah Love, Mountain Zone Staff

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