Injured Auburn gymnast Samantha Cerio walks down the aisle at her wedding
Sam Cerio accomplished her goal of walking down the aisle just two months after undergoing surgery for dislocated knees and torn ligaments suffered in a gruesome fall during competition.
Samantha Cerio's gymnastics career may be over, but that doesn't mean she has stopped being a competitor.
Cerio posted a series of sweet photos on Instagram from her wedding to Trey Wood at Fairhope Yacht Club in Alabama — all showing her having fun while on her feet.
That Cerio might walk again so soon seemed almost unimaginable in April after she suffered catastrophic injuries to both legs during a floor routine at the NCAA Regionals in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Video of the stomach-turning moment went viral.
Cerio, aerospace engineering major from North Carolina, later opened up to TODAY, saying she'd urged people not to share video of her awkward landing because her pain was "not your entertainment."
"I think it's made people more aware of what they see on the internet,'' she told TODAY. "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."
The resilient college graduate, who was named the Southeastern Conference co-scholar athlete of the year, is now ready to move forward with her life with Wood.
She has already has accepted a job in Seattle with Boeing working on rockets as a structural design analysis engineer.