Samantha Cerio announces retirement after horrific injury
Cerio dislocated both of her knees and tore multiple ligaments but it's not all doom and gloom as the young gymnast has a bright future ahead of her.
Samantha Cerio, the unfortunate gymnast for Auburn University in the United States, who broke both of her legs in a horrifying incident as she did a floor routine on Friday has announced her retirement in an emotional Instagram post.
The medical update by her coach said she suffered two dislocated knees and multiple ligament tears and was set for sugrery after the accident. According to CNN, "she's an aerospace engineering student who, according to a profile on AuburnTigers.com already has a job lined up with Boeing as a structural design analysis engineer on rockets.
The statement by Cerio on her retirement read:
"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.