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Auburn gymnast expected to make full recovery after traumatic injury in Baton Rouge

2 months 6 days 9 hours ago Tuesday, April 09 2019 Apr 9, 2019 April 09, 2019 8:03 PM April 09, 2019 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - An Auburn University gymnast is expected to make a full recovery after a traumatic landing during Friday's NCAA Regional Semifinal in Baton Rouge.

News outlets report Samantha Cerio was attempting to make a blind landing on a tumbling pass when she landed badly. The Times-Picayune reports Cerio dislocated both her knees and broke both legs.

"Sam’s surgery lasted two and a half hours and was an extreme success," Auburn Gym Coach Jeff Graba said in a tweet Tuesday. "We know the road for full healing is going to be a long and difficult one, but we are confident that she'll be able to make a complete recovery."

LSU President F. King Alexander visited Cerio in the hospital after the accident. 

Over the weekend, Cerio announced on social media that Friday was her last night as a gymnast.

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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 ????

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