The Auburn University gymnast who severely injured both of her legs earlier this month feared “something was a little wrong” when she made the awkward landing earlier this month.
Samantha Cerio, who hopes to walk down the aisle at her upcoming wedding, dislocated both her knees and tore multiple ligaments during a floor routine at the NCAA Regionals in Louisiana on April 5.
“I thought I had just hyperextended my knees until I looked down and that wasn’t the case,” she told the “Today” show on Monday. “Then that’s when I saw what had happened, that’s when like the pain kind of started to set in and it got worse. It was a big, ‘Oh shoot, what just happened?’”
Auburn coach Jeff Graba told NBC News that watching Cerio get hurt was “one of the toughest nights of my life.”
The 22-year-old Cerio, despite the setback, has much to look forward to. The aerospace engineering major is heading to a job at Boeing after graduation, and she is set to marry Trey Wood. She is hoping her rehabilitation efforts will let her walk down the aisle at her wedding.
“I’m really excited just because I have so many positive things coming up,” she told the “Today” show.
Cerio refuses to let what happened define her, and urged people last week to stop sharing video of the injuries.