Former Auburn gymnast Sam Cerio had a goal in mind in May following a career-ending knee injury: to walk down the aisle at her wedding.
Cerio accomplished her goal this past weekend, walking down the aisle at her wedding two months after dislocating both her knees, according to NBC’s Today Show.
The gymnast suffered her injury on April 5 during the NCAA Regional meet at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Cerio’s latest accomplishment was featured on the Today Show’s “Morning Boost” segment Friday morning, which highlighted her walking down the aisle unassisted.
“Sam walked down the aisle without a scooter, walker or crutches,” Today Show anchor Savannah Guthrie said during the segment. “She said it created a wow moment for her guests and made her big day feel even sweeter.”
Cerio’s now-husband had to hold back his tears when he watched Cerio walking down the aisle, Guthrie added.
The gymnast posted photos from her wedding on Instagram showing her walking down the aisle and celebrating with her new husband.
Her husband proposed to her in November 2018, Cerio told the Opelika-Auburn News nearly one month after her injury.
Cerio’s first goal was to walk across the stage at her graduation ceremony. She accomplished the goal on May 4, walking across the stage with her crutches to receiver her degree in aerospace engineering.
The Auburn Family cheered loudly for her as she slowly moved across the stage with a smile on her face.