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Acrobat wants to return to ring

on May 07, 2014 10:35 AM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — One of eight circus acrobats who plummeted about 20 feet to the ground during a hair-hanging stunt says she’s thankful she’s alive and wants to return to the ring.

“I’m hoping to join back up with the tour and show the world that I’m OK, and I’m hoping some of the other girls will do the same,” Samantha Pitard told The Associated Press after being released from a hospital Tuesday.

Pitard and seven other acrobats were in an act described as a “human chandelier,” hanging from an apparatus by their hair.

They were injured during a Sunday performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus when a clip at the top of the chandelier-like apparatus snapped, dropping them to the ground 20 or more feet below.

The other women are still hospitalized.

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