The gymnast of the University of Auburn, whose leg injuries that turn her stomach during a routine on the floor caused commotions in social networks, announced her retirement from the sport.
"Friday night was my last night as a gymnast. "After 18 years, I hung up my hands and left the chalk," Samantha Cerio wrote in an extensive Instagram post on Sunday.
"I could not be more proud of the person gymnastics has made me be in. He taught me hard work, humility, integrity and dedication, just to name a few." He has given me challenges and obstacles that I never would have imagined that have proven who I am as a person, "he wrote.
"It may not have ended as planned, but nothing goes as planned … Thank you, Auburn family for giving me a home and the opportunity to continue practicing the sport that will always be my first love," he added. "The war of the eagle always".
The 22-year veteran hoped to deliver a perfect performance at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La., To help the Aubrun Tigers secure a spot in the NCAA region final.
Instead, she landed awkwardly after a jump and fell as her legs collapsed beneath her during the so-called blind landing, in what many have described as the worst sports-related injury they had ever seen.
Cerio apparently dislocated both knees and broke his legs, according to the Times-Picayune, which cited sources familiar with his horrific injuries.
"It was pretty hard to see," Auburn gymnastics coach Jeff Graba told the news, noting that in all his years as a coach since the 1980s he had never seen anything like what happened to the young girl.
Graba said Cerio, who won the All-SEC awards in 2017 and 2018, hit the field too early at the end of his pbad.
With aerial transmissions on both legs, she received a standing ovation when they pulled her from the sand on a stretcher.
Warning: the images are horrible
"It was pretty hard to see," said Graba. "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. "
She added: "I gave her a hug, I told her that I hugged her before she left and told her we would recover tonight."
Last year's clbadmate Abby Milliet gathered her teammates after the initial shock dissipated.
"'All of you, I know we want to feel sad for Sam right now, but this is not what she would have wanted," Milliet recalled as she told the other gymnasts. "Sam has put everything into this and she's going to want us to give it everything, this is our new fire."
The Tigers remained focused and Auburn's total score of 197,075 was the second highest for the team throughout the season, good enough to advance to Saturday's Regional Final against LSU, Minnesota and Utah.
"We have overcome some adversity," said Graba. "I think we're a very good team, all he did was try it."