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How Bad Was Your Week?

Posted on | April 15, 2019 | No Comments

Honestly, last week wasn’t the most productive week I’ve had lately, and I always feel bad when I don’t produce the quantity and quality of blog material that readers have come to expect. However, my week was much better than Auburn University gymnast Samantha Cerio’s week.

 

She really stuck that landing, didn’t she?

The star college gymnast who suffered severe leg injuries in a gruesome fall last week is asking everyone to stop sharing the video of the incident. Auburn University senior Samantha Cerio tweeted Wednesday, “My pain isn’t your entertainment.”
According to Cerio’s gymnastics coach, Jeff Gramba, she underwent successful surgery earlier this week after both her knees were dislocated and multiple ligaments torn in the devastating tumble. Even though she’s expected to make a full recovery, footage of her injuries is still hard to watch for her and her loved ones.
“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,” Cerio wrote in a note she shared on Twitter, CBS affiliate KFMB reports. . . .
“I have family, friends, and teammates who do not need to see me getting injured over and over again,” Cerio added. “My pain is not your entertainment.”

It’s not “entertainment.” The Hindenburg going up in flames at Lakehurst is not entertainment, either. Years ago, ABC’s Wide World of Sports used to open with a montage that included a guy wiping out on a ski jump. Vinko Bogataj became forever famous as “the agony of defeat.” Why do people watch videos of terrible things happening to other people? I don’t know, but here’s a great compilation of plane crash videos:

 

Ironically, Samantha Cerio is an aerospace engineering student:

Cerio, who hails from North Carolina, earned All SEC honors in 2017 and 2018. She announced earlier this week she’s retiring from the sport she’s practiced almost all her life. When she graduates in May, Cerio has a job lined up in Seattle with Boeing where she will be working on rockets as a structural design analysis engineer, according to her school’s website.

Maybe she’ll be working on that 737 design problem.

 

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