Posted: Dec 6, 2010 8:37 PM by Jeannette Hynes
Updated: Dec 7, 2010 3:45 AM
YouTube video shows Bo Frese defying gravity - jumping and tumbling his way to a gymnastics championship in high school and most recently, a professional touring group in Europe called Cirque du International.
Frese was in between tours when he came home to visit his family and his ailing grandmother. He was practicing maneuvers at ArtSports World in Colorado Springs when he broke his neck doing a stunt he had done many times before, a two-and-three-quarter front flip from about 30-feet high. He died Sunday night.
Monday afternoon his father, Joe Frese, sifts through the photos and mementoes in his son's room.
"Look at the incredible talent. One-armed handstand," beams Joe Frese. "There he is doing his fire dive. We never liked that too much. My wife especially."
Joe says he knew Bo's life would be thrill-seeking and unconventional, taking to gymnastics in a before-school program at Mark Twain Elementary when he was in the first grade.
"He was always a dare devil from a young kid. And we knew that was his life and we knew that was what gave him the most joy," says Frese.
He was a diver and gymnast at Wasson High School and earned the state championship at Doherty High School.
"These accomplishments are great, but his greatest accomplishment was they way he treated other people. The kindest heart you ever met," says Frese.
"He's one of the most happy people you'd ever want to meet. I mean, never anything, anything goes bad, 'that's okay, that's okay, coach, that's okay,'" says Ken Polaski, Bo's Wasson High School gymnastics' coach. Polaski says Bo had a gift.
"He can jump all day long. It's amazing how he can do it. He just loves to be in the air. Just loves it," remarks Polaski.
"I am so proud to have him as my son. I couldn't be prouder ever," says Frese. "One of the conversations I had he said, 'Pops, I'm living the dream. Life is good.' And that was his motto. Life is good."
Bo Frese was 37 years old.
A memorial service will be Thursday, December 9, at 4 p.m. at Divine Redeemer Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests sending money to the Bo Frese Scholarship Fund. Contact ArtSports for information.