For anyone that has ever broken a leg, they know just how painful it can be, and how cumbersome it can be to go through the healing process. An Auburn University gymnast in the US has had the misfortune of breaking both her legs during an attempt at an acrobatic move.
There is a video circulating that shows the injury, but we have to warn you, it’s pretty graphic and definitely not a recommended watch if you’re squeamish in anyway. If you do intend to watch it just for the injury part, just know that you’ll have to skip to around the 39-minute mark.
Samantha Cerio of Auburn University was participating in the Baton Rouge Regional, an event on the National Collegiate Athletic Association calendar, when she suffered her horrible injuries.
She was attempted her first go at a handspring double front flip with a blind landing – sounds just as complicated as it looks – when she came up short and it caused her legs to bend backwards at an unnatural angle.
The exact injuries haven’t been released by Auburn University, but Nola.com reported that she broke both her legs as well as dislocated her knees. Sounds utterly painful, and the footage was certainly tough to watch so we can only imagine what it must have been like for her.
Jeff Graba, her coach, said, “It was pretty tough to watch. She’s a trooper. The last thing she said was, ‘go help the girls’. The girls rallied around her. They’re doing this for her now.”
Naturally, her teammates were quite shaken after seeing her accident. The rallied around her, showing her lots of love and support, as well as starting the hastag #StickItForSam.
Described as the “heart and soul” of the team, Coach Graba added, “We wanted more than anything to do this for her.”
Unfortunately on their website, the team ended up finishing in forth place despite their best efforts.
Graba continued, “I think were out of gas. Emotionally spent. I thought the girls fought hard. They did a great job.”
After the event, Cerio posted a tweet of herself from earlier times, and made the announcement that the event would be her final gymnastics event.
Cerio posted, “Friday night was my final night as a gymnast. After 18 years I am hanging up my grips and leaving the chalk behind. I couldn’t be prouder of the person that gymnastics as 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 roadblocks 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.”
Cerio added, “Thank you Auburn family for giving me a home and a chance to continue doing the sport that will always be my first love. I am honored to have had the privilege to represent the navy and orange AU for the past four years with my team by my side. Thank you for letting me share my passion with you. Thank you for letting me be a part of something bigger than myself.”
We are all wishing her a fast and easy recovery.