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Gymnast Knew It Was Bad, but Not That Bad

Auburn's Samantha Cerio has a good perspective on her 'small setback'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2019 10:04 AM CDT
In a 2017 file photo, Auburn's Samantha Cerio signals to the crowd before competing on the uneven parallel bars during the NCAA women's gymnastics championships.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

(Newser) – Auburn gymnast Samantha Cerio became an internet sensation earlier this month for all the wrong reasons. The 22-year-old dislocated both knees and suffered major ligament damage when a landing went awry, but she tells NBC's Today show that she's got it all in perspective. "This is a small setback but just another thing to get through," said Cerio, who USA Today notes had surgery last week. Cerio is done with gymnastics, and the aerospace engineering major already has a job lined up with Boeing on rocket design. But before that comes a more personal goal: being able to walk down the aisle for her June wedding. "I'm really stubborn," she said, "and I know I'm going to do everything in my power to make it happen."

As for the fall itself: "When I had landed that one, I felt like something was a little wrong, and I thought I had just hyperextended my knees until I looked down and that wasn't the case,'' she told Today. "When I saw what happened, that's when the pain kind of started to set in and it got worse. It was a big, 'Oh shoot, what just happened?''' Video of the injury was widely shared, something that Cerio criticized earlier. On Monday, she elaborated on that criticism. "I think it's made people more aware of what they see on the internet,'' she said. "When you see something like that you kind of want to watch it just to see what happens because you're curious about it, but at the same time, you don't think about the people that it could impact." (Read more gymnast stories.)

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