Graphic video shows gymnast breaking BOTH legs in shock accident

Samantha Cerio Auburn gymnastics

Samantha Cerio Auburn gymnastics

An Auburn University gymnast is recovering after a traumatic landing during Friday's NCAA Regional Semifinal in Baton Rouge.

"Sam is a fighter and is in great spirits", Auburn coach Jeff Graba said in a statement.

Cerio, who majors in engineering, announced in an Instagram post Sunday that she's leaving the sport after nearly two decades.

"After 18 years I am hanging up my grips and leaving the chalk behind", she wrote in a post that had almost 3,600 likes as of early Monday morning.

"Such an impressive young lady", one of the meet's commentators said as Cerio began her routine.

Cerio was recently named the SEC co-scholar athlete of the year.

Cerio released a statement on her Instagram page.

Graba described Cerio as the "heart and soul" of the team. She executed her front handspring double front pretty well.

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The gymnast sprinted across the mat, throwing herself into a series of dizzying flips. But as she opened up on the final flip, her feet seeking the floor, everything went wrong.

Cerio will continue to reach for the stars in her chosen career. He tweeted that he had "no doubt she will overcome this injury and go on to do incredible things".

King Alexander visited Cerio in the hospital after the accident.

She was reportedly screaming in agony on the floor and clutching both her legs before she was tended to by medical staff and athletic trainers. At one point, she was surrounded by at least 12 people.

Graba said Cerio suffered two dislocated knees during the competition, adding that Dr. James Andrews will operate on the athlete on Monday for injuries that include multiple torn ligaments in both knees.

Cerio was eventually carted off the floor - and the crowd gave her a standing ovation. I have no doubt she will overcome this injury and go on to do unbelievable things, ' he wrote. "I am doing well right now and getting lots of rest!"

Her teammates delivered following Samantha's shock exit, with the highest-ever regional score, seeing them advance to the finals. We challenged them throughout the night, 'Get through this thing. We can be sad later because it is sad. "We are also thankful for the support from LSU Athletics Department for going above and beyond in this situation". However, on her blind landing, something went horribly wrong.

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