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A star Auburn gymnast broke both her legs in a NCAA competition this weekend.
NOLA.comreports Samantha Cerio, a 5-foot senior at Auburn University, suffered a heartbreaking injury while attempting a handspring double front on her first tumbling pass at Friday’s NCAA gymnastics regional in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She landed awkwardly during the floor routine, breaking both legs and dislocating both her knees.
The competition was halted as trainers and medical staff tended to Cerio for almost 10 minutes. She was eventually carted off on a stretcher and taken to a nearby hospital.
Cerio, an aerospace engineering major, announced Sunday on Instagram that Friday was her “final night” as a gymnast.
“After 18 years I am hanging up my grips and leaving the chalk behind,” she wrote. “I couldn’t be prouder of the person that gymnastics has made me to become. It’s taught me hard work, humility, integrity, and dedication, just to name a few. It’s given me challenges and road blocks that I would have never imagined that has tested who I am as a person. It may not have ended the way I had planned, but nothing ever goes as planned.”