Samantha Cerio never thought that her career as a university gymnast would end like this.
Cerio, a senior at Auburn, was in the middle of her exercise on the floor when she injured both legs during Friday's NCAA regional semifinal meeting with LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
While trying to make a blind landing on a turnaround pbad, Cerio landed badly and grabbed both legs as he lay on the mat.
The meeting stopped when the paramedics placed air molds around their legs. She received a standing ovation from the more than 5,500 fans at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center when they took her on a stretcher.
Cerio dislocated both knees and broke both legs, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported, citing sources with preliminary knowledge of the injuries.
On Sunday, Cerio announced on Instagram that Friday was his "last night as a gymnast".
"It may not have ended as planned," Cerio wrote, "but nothing goes as planned."
Without Cerio, Auburn (49.350) advanced on Arizona State (195.425) and George Washington (194.675).
"It was pretty hard to see," Auburn coach Jeff Graba told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "She's a soldier." The last thing she said was, "Go help the girls." The girls gathered around her, they're doing this for her right now. "