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US gymnast Sam Cerio suffers gruesome double leg break while performing a complicated floor routine


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.

US gymnast Sam Cerio suffered a gruesome double leg break while performing a handspring double front flip

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.

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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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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.


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.”

 



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