HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - A star gymnast from Huntersville, North Carolina was carried out on a stretcher at Friday’s NCAA gymnastics regional in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after tragically dislocating both her knees and suffering multiple torn ligaments during her floor routine. Mobile users, click here.
Auburn University gymnast, Samantha Cerio, who is a 5-foot senior, was attempting a handspring double front on her first tumbling pass when she landed awkwardly and suffered a gruesome injury.
Medical staff rushed over to Cerio and tended to her for nearly 10 minutes before she was taken off the floor on a stretcher.
Shortly after the horrific injury on Friday, April 5, Cerio tweeted: “I love my team.” Over the weekend, Cerio posted a photo saying, "Friday night was my final night as a gymnast."
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 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. 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 4 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. War Eagle Always 💙🧡
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Statement released on Monday from Head Coach Jeff Graba:
“Senior Samantha Cerio suffered two dislocated knees Friday in Baton Rouge with multiple torn ligaments in both knees. Sam will undergo surgery this afternoon with Dr. James Andrews.
The Auburn Athletics Department is thankful for the outstanding care that the Auburn and the LSU medical staffs have provided to Sam. We also are thankful for the support from the LSU Athletics Department for going above and beyond in this situation. Sam is a fighter and is in great spirits. We couldn’t have a better leader for this team."