July 16, 2019
Katelyn Ohashi made sure to display her talent while on ESPY red carpet.
"It's no wonder why our voices went silent as theirs would just tower. But today, mine no longer cowers."
Ohashi began her lengthy caption:
“Overnight fame from one in a million. Over a hundred million views, I started seeing myself show up in the news, trying to infuse a little bit of joy into my sport and the world.”
The former UCLA gymnast received the ESPY Award for Best Viral Sports for her floor routine in January 2019. The video received over 43 million views on Twitter.
Ohashi delivered a powerful acceptance speech at the awarding ceremony.
"I started seeing myself in the news trying to infuse a little bit of joy in my sport after all the abuse and misuse of people in higher power," she said. "It's no wonder why our voices went silent as theirs would just tower. But today, mine no longer cowers."
The gymnast attracted global attention after scoring a 10 during the Collegiate Challenge in Anaheim, California. It was the fourth perfect 10 floor routine of her career.
Before becoming a gymnastics star, Ohashi reeled from body-image issues, especially after suffering injuries on her back and shoulder.
Just recently, she scored another 10 after performing her routine as part of the UCLA gymnasts competing with their University of Oklahoma counterparts.
It was her seventh perfect score as a collegian in the event and fourth of the season.
During her floor routine, she danced to a mash-up of Earth, Wind & Fire and the Jackson 5. Her otherworldly flexibility and grace even earned her an adoring tweet from LA Lakers legend, Magic Johnson.
He tweeted: “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!”