Viral Sensation Katelyn Ohashi Gets Perfect 10 in yet Another Incredible Dance Routine
UCLA Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi rose to fame and became a viral sensation in January after scoring a 10. At the time she was taking part in the Collegiate Challenge in Anaheim, California.
On Sunday, she joyously gained another perfect 10 in the floor exercise. Her teammates were seen dancing along to her routine as they stood by on the sidelines.
Katelyn Ohashi, 21, is quickly becoming the gymnast to contend with. Before she gained stardom, the athlete and a former member of the US national team, struggled with injuries on her back and shoulder and body-image issues.
She finally received her breakthrough moment at the beginning of the year. Ohashi became such a household name in the gymnast world that she was spoofed by comedian Ali Wong.
This weekend, she and her University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) teammates had a meet against the University of Oklahoma. Ohashi was in her element as she performed her routine.
She gained her seventh perfect score as a collegian in the event and fourth of the season. Her teammate, Kyla Ross, a gold medalist at the 2012 Olympics, also received 10s in the uneven bars and the vault against Oklahoma.
Her recent performance saw her dancing to a mash-up of Earth, Wind & Fire and the Jackson 5. Her incredible flexibility and skills caught the eye of LA Lakers legend, Magic Johnson.
He tweeted over the weekend:
“UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi gave one of the most exciting and electric floor performances that I’ve seen in college gymnastics! She scored a perfect 10 against Oklahoma. Must watch TV!”
The athlete’s routine included her uncanny ability to bounce straight back up from splits. Her final splits were breathtaking and Ohashi appeared to be enjoying every single moment.
UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field couldn’t help but be in awe of the star athlete. She said:
"I've never seen her facial, her performance quality, be that professional as I saw tonight. Her whole floor routine is ridiculously hard. Every single thing about it including the backwards split that she does after her leap pass – it's insane."
Ohashi’s road hasn’t always been easy. She recently confessed that she’d suffered from a long-term battle with her body image.
Part of her struggle was caused by the hateful comments she would get from fans. In a video, the athlete said, “There was a time when I was on top of the world, an Olympic hopeful. I was unbeatable. Until I wasn’t.”
After battling eating disorders and healing from her injuries, in 2015 she joined the UCLA gymnastics team and has never been happier!