The video of star Gymnast Samantha Cerio breaking both of her legs during a floor routine at the NCAA Regional Semifinals has quickly gone viral. The horrific injury has now prompted Cerio to retire from the sport claims TMZ. Cerio snapped both of her legs while trying to land a handspring double front on Friday. She was quickly stretchered off the mat with 2 air casts.
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Auburn went on to advance to the Regional Final ... but Cero says Friday was "my final night as a gymnast."
Cerio issued a statement saying, "After 18 years I am hanging up my grips and leaving the chalk behind."
The Auburn senior says she learned a lot from the sport -- including hard work, humility, integrity and dedication ... but has ultimately decided to move on.
"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."
Samantha Cerio is a senior aerospace engineering major from North Carolina. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.