Star Gymnast Breaks Both Legs And Dislocates Knees In Horror Landing
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A young gymnast has been stretchered from a US college competition after a landing that will make your stomach flip.
Samantha Cerio, a senior gymnast from Auburn University, was attempting a handspring double front with a blind landing at the Baton Rouge Regional, when she fell hard and crumbled onto the mat, screaming in agony.
“It was pretty tough to watch,” coach Jeff Graba said.
“She’s a trooper. The last thing she said was, ‘Go help the girls.’ The girls rallied around her. They’re doing this for her right now," he said.
According to the Auburn Tigers website, Cerio is a floor and bar specialist and was just named an SEC co-scholar athlete of the year -- she's also been dubbed the "heart and soul" of the team.
Twitter has been flooded with hundreds of well-wishes from teammates, family, friends and fans over the weekend.
Instead of falling to pieces, the Tigers rallied to finish the meet with a 197.075, the highest Regional score in program history, according to the Auburn Tigers website.
Unfortunately, their season came to an end on Saturday, the Tigers finishing fourth.
"I think we were out of gas," Graba said.
"Emotionally spent. But I thought the girls fought hard. They did a great job. They didn't give up," he said.