Fair warning, this video is graphic. There is no blood or protruding bones, but you can definitely see the injuries happen.
Sam Cerio was competing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Friday according to Fox 59. She was attempting a handspring double front but landed short which caused a gruesome injury.
Both knees were dislocated and both of Sam’s legs were broken. She had to be carried from the floor on a stretcher.
She posted on Instagram on Sunday that she would no longer compete as a gymnast. She said her career “might not have ended as I planned, but nothing ever goes as planned.”
Here is the video of the accident, but watch at your own discretion:
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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 💙🧡