Sam Cerio landed awkwardly while trying a double front flip. She had just started her floor routine.
Auburn coach Jeff Graba said she was a trooper and it was very hard to watch.
Cerio was attended for nearly six minutes, than was taken off by a stretcher.
Sam Cerio posted on Monday saying her career has ended.
“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. “
Cerio’s team finished fourth during the regional finals on Saturday, according to the Auburn Tigers website. “I think we were out of gas. Emotionally spent. But I thought the girls fought hard. They did a great job,” Graba said after the final.
US Gymnast Sam Cerio Breaks Both Legs in a Gruesome Fall