An Auburn University senior gymnast was seriously injured after she performed a floor routine at an NCAA gymnastics regional event on Friday.
According to the New York Post, senior gymnast Samantha Cerio was attempting a handspring double front with a blind landing and fell hard on the mat. The young gymnast reportedly screamed in horror and held both of her legs before medical staff rushed over to help her. Although officials did not give an update on her condition, Cerio allegedly dislocated both of her knees and broke both of her legs. EMTs placed air casts around her legs and placed her on a stretcher.
Her coach, Jeff Graba, said in a statement that watching Cerio getting injured during the routine was “pretty tough to watch”.
“She’s a trouper. The last thing she said was, ‘Go help the girls.’ The girls rallied around her. They’re doing this for her right now.”
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After the incident, Cerio tweeted a positive message on her Twitter page since her team ended the competition with 197.05.
War eagle forever pic.twitter.com/T7I54Fvn5m
— sam_cerio (@sam_cerio) April 7, 2019
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Press play to watch the routine below. *WARNING: Graphic Content*