If you doubt that women’s sport is hard-core, watching this clip will make you rethink your assumptions.
Samantha Cerio took to the floor exercise and was putting out a performance that few of us could even dream of copying until something went very, very wrong.
When you hit the levels of athleticism that these gymnasts have going, and start playing with physics the way they do to make the magic happen, it’s all about angles and inches. The slightest misstep can result in absolute disaster.
Samantha knows about that first hand. The clip is a little grisly, legs aren’t supposed to bend that way, so if you’re squeamish, you may want to think twice about watching the clip.
For everyone else, here it is:
Wipeout or not, anyone who is willing to put in the time and energy it takes to hit that level of competency is already a winner.
She’s going out on top, and her final message shows how she’s a champ.
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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 ????????
Graba wasn’t at liberty to discuss the extent of Cerio’s injuries, but sources with preliminary knowledge of the injuries said Cerio dislocated both of her knees and broke both of her legs. Cerio, who had aircasts on both legs as she exited the arena, received a standing ovation as medical staff escorted her stretcher off the floor.
“It was pretty tough to watch,” 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.”
She’s an aerospace engineering major who, was named SEC co-scholar athlete of the year, is getting married in June and has accepted a job to work for Boeing in Seattle.
The Auburn University gymnast is already #Winning at life.
It’s funny how often ‘privilege’ comes disguised as hard work, eh?
We wish her all the best in what lies ahead.
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