AMERICAN gymnast Sam Cerio was forced into retirement after breaking both legs while performing a complicated floor routine during an NCAA event in Baton Rouge on Friday.
The Auburn senior attempted a handspring double front flip with a blind landing before landing awkwardly on the mat and suffering the gruesome injury.
Cerio was attempting her first pass at the Baton Rouge Regional before her floor routine ended in horror.
While performing the handspring double she fell on the blind landing, dislocating both her legs and then grabbed her knees in agony, leaving the stunned crowd in silence.
The gymnast screamed out in pain before medical staff and athletic trainers rallied towards her to offer treatment.
The exact extent of her injury is not known yet, but it is suspected Cerio broke both her legs and dislocated both knees.
She then announced her retirement on Instagram following the gruesome accident.
Auburn finished the night with the highest regional score in program history, advancing to the regional finals on Saturday – although finished fourth in the last stage of the tournament.
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Coach Jeff Graba said after the event: “It 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.”
“We wanted more than anything to do this for her.”