Huntersville gymnast dislocates knees, tears ligaments in NCAA competition

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NCAA gymnastics regional in Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

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." 

 

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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."