The viral gymnast scores another dazzling 10 in the floor routine. She has acheived the perfect score for the fourth time this season.
Everyone dreams of doing what the best gymnasts can do at least once in their life. It is something so beautiful to look at. Those who have tried know exactly how hard it is. Getting a perfect score more than once or twice in a season is something most gymnasts dream of. Online sensation Katelyn Ohashi from UCLA scored her fourth perfect score of the season over the weekend. The 10 scores she recorded in floor exercise took place at Norman, Oklahoma. The performance she put up in Oklahoma was as joyful to watch as was first 10 back in January that made her a household name. The video of her performance even shows her teammates dancing away to the routine in the background. The whole team deserves a 10! Katelyn's performance was filled with tumbling routines and infectious energy. After suffering from an eating disorder and a back injury, she is back and it is like she never left.
Ohashi, a former member of the U.S. national team who battled through serious injuries, parlayed her breakthrough moment in January into national TV appearances only to be spoofed by comedian Ali Wong. The viral gymnast charmed the internet in January by showing off her skills. A fiercely spunky, physics-defying floor routine at a meet that scored her a perfect 10 earlier this year. The routine even helped her gain 40 million views on YouTube. Ohashi has been a part of this sport ever since she was three years old and has quickly made her way to the elite ranks. Is she on her way to be the best in the country?
The 21-year-old athlete has shown the world some heart-stopping performances this year that people just cannot stop watching. Back in 2013, Ohashi beat Simone Biles to win the American cup. After the win, she was on her way to make it to the Olympic team but the former member of the U.S. National Team suffered from several serious injuries in the past couple of years that almost ended her career. She even suffered from an eating disorder around the same time. All of this blew her chances of representing the country in the Olympics. But life is all about second chances, isn't it?
In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, the athlete mentioned that knowing her career was almost over was in a way a relief. “Then, once I figured out I didn’t have anything else I knew how to do, it was devastating,” she added. Ohashi went on to take a yearlong break from the sport where she rediscovered her love for it at the collegiate level. Last season she went on to become NCAA's top-ranked athlete in floor exercises. “The joy won’t always be there,” says Ohashi, who’ll graduate this spring with a gender studies degree. “But the dedication you learn from sticking to it is a reward.”
As fun as the routine looks and the Michael Jackson music in the background sounds, her routine was far from easy. Only true gymnastics fans know how many times things could have gone wrong in her routine. Stepping toe-to-toe with every beat on a mash-up of old songs, that's not easy at all. However, looking at the athlete's face throughout the 90-second routine, every single time she has performed it she only looks to be enjoying it. There is not a moment where you see her panic or even question what she is doing. Ohashi just seems to be going with the flow.
THIS BIT?!?!?!?!!?! HOW?!?!?!?!! MAGIC!!??!??!?! pic.twitter.com/JeyW9QJ153— bourgeois little prude (@Saraurora) January 13, 2019
The performance in January made her become an internet sensation overnight. What most people aren't aware of is that this was not her first viral performance. Last year, at the 2018 Pac-12 gymnastics championships, Ohashi won the collegiate title in the floor division with a Michael Jackson–themed performance—complete with mid-routine moonwalking and the iconic “Thriller” handclap—that, to date, has more than 4.5 million views on YouTube. That was the first to go viral. Of course, it did not get as much recognition as the performance in January did but she was famous before January, just saying.
Ohashi was competing to be one of the best in the world before her injuries drove her to the sidelines. She released a video called I am Broken in which she said, “I think gymnastics can be a really brutal sport. I don’t think it’s supposed to be a brutal sport." Because of these injuries, as well as mounting pressure to conform to a certain body type. "I was told it was embarrassing how big I had become," Ohashi revealed in the video. "I was compared to a bird that couldn't fly."
In 2015, she decided to leave the pro world and continue a normal, non-athletic life. "I was so mentally drained and devastated," she told NBC News. "I didn't enjoy the sport as much." When she joined the college team and found her love again, she claimed that she had never been happier with her career choice and her life.
Raw. Beautiful. Powerful. An emotional @katelyn_ohashi got real last night when she revealed she was in a serious car accident the night before traveling to St. Louis. The NCAA Co-Floor Champion & Team Champion has had a remarkable season & year. What a special moment... #NCAAgym pic.twitter.com/8WqMov9oNU— Inside Gymnastics (@InsideGym) April 22, 2018
Ohashi gave a splendid performance in Oklahoma. Hopefully, she continues to do so for the rest of the season, and the seasons to come.
Now I'm watching her teammates model the moves along with her as they cheer her on and support her. So wonderful.— Nalo Hopkinson (@Nalo_Hopkinson) January 13, 2019
The power drop into the splits bounce up at the end is mind bending. The power moves in modern floor routines are ridiculous. Awesome + sauce.— JamesHRH (@jameshrh) January 13, 2019