Warning: Some may find the video distressing
The US gymnast who suffered a career-ending injury last week during a university competition has made a simple request to people making footage of her suffering go viral – “please stop”.
Samantha Cerio dislocated both her knees and tore multiple ligaments at an NCAA regional tournament in Baton Rouge, Louisiana last week during a performance.
The 22-year-old sustained the injuries when she attempted to execute a handspring double front with a blind landing but the move went horribly wrong and was caught on camera.
As a result, she’s had to relive the incident over and over again after it took off on the internet.
“Those of you posting and tagging me in the video of my injury, I am asking you to please stop,” Cerio tweeted.
“Going through the pain and seeing my knees bent unnaturally in real life was horrible enough, but to continue to see it from videos/pictures because some people feel entitled to repost it is not okay.”
“My pain is not your entertainment,” she added.
Cerio confirmed shortly after the performance she was ending her days as a gymnast.
“After 18 years I am hanging up my grips and leaving the chalk behind,” she wrote.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the person that gymnastics has made me to become. It’s taught me hard work, humility, integrity, and dedication, just to name a few.
“It’s given me challenges and road blocks that I would have never imagined that has tested who I am as a person.
“It may not have ended the way I had planned, but nothing ever goes as planned.”