A gymnast from Auburn University appeared to have broken both legs during her ground routine this weekend. Samantha Cerio competed in the NCAA Regional Gymnastics Final in Baton Rouge before her terrible injury, which shocked the spectators.
Cerio, who received all SEC honors in 2017 and 2018, was on the first pass of her ground routine on Friday when she took the devastating tumble. The video of the injury shows that she landed awkwardly on her legs after tipping through the air. Medical staff and trainers treated her for nearly ten minutes before being finally taken to the ground. The crowd gave her a standing ovation when she left.
Ranked # 13 in the nation, Auburn sided with Cerio on Friday and has qualified for the championship round after finishing with a score of 197.075, second behind LSU. The team, however, was stunned if the next day.
"She is the heart and soul of the team," said head coach Jeff Graba about Cerio. "That's what she's been pouring into the team for four years now."
A spokesman for the team was not able to comment on Cerio's injury, but told CBS News that she was operated on Monday.
Cerio, an engineering specialist, announced Sunday in a publication on Instagram that she would leave the sport after almost two decades. She also thanked him Followers on Twitter to support it.
"After 18 years, I hang up and I leave the chalk behind me, I could not be more proud of the person that gymnastics has made me," she wrote. "It may not have finished as planned, but nothing is going as planned."
"I really appreciate all the support and prayers I've received! I'm fine now and I'm resting a lot!"
The video below shows Sam Cerio's injury. The footage can be graphic for some.