Samantha Cerio, the Auburn University gymnast who dislocated her knees and tore multiple ligaments in her legs during a floor routine, called the career-ending injury a “small setback” in an interview with NBC’s “TODAY” show on Monday morning.
Cerio, a 22-year-old senior at Auburn, was injured while trying to perform a blind landing on a tumbling pass at an NCAA regional competition on April 5.
She told “TODAY” about the injury: “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. 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.”
Two days after the injury Cerio announced she was retiring from gymnastics.
But in the coming weeks, Cerio will be graduating from college with an aerospace engineering degree, and according to Auburn, she has a job lined up at Boeing in Seattle where she will work on rockets as a structural design analysis engineer.
“Im really excited just because I have so many positive things coming up,” Cerio told the “TODAY” show. “I mean, this is a small setback, but it’s … just another thing to get through … Even though that was my last gymnastics meet, everything we do, everything I have done and trained for …has always been for my team. Just knowing that I have their support behind me 100%, … that’s always helped me.”
Cerio is also getting married in June, and told “TODAY” that she’s determined to walk down the aisle.
“I know I’m going to do everything in my power to make it happen,’ she said, adding that her fiancé has been supporting her through recovery. ‘We’re going to work hard for it.’
Cerio previously urged people to stop sharing video of her injury on social media.
She told people on Twitter last week, “My pain is not your entertainment,” according to The Washington Post.