Gymnast starts a performance as Michael Jackson's song plays, gets the highest possible score

Apr 19, 2018
04:05 A.M.
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Her flawless performance helped her UCLA team win over Oregon, with a routine which included Michael Jackson-inspired dance moves.


According to Inspire More, Katelyn Ohashi, a 20-year-old UCLA sophomore, scored a perfect 10 at the Pac-12 championships for her floor routine.

The sophomore surprised the crowd and judges with a floor routine set to a montage of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits while incorporating some of his moves.

According to Daily Mail, although her team was on the way to victory, she needed more than a 9.9 score in order for them to hit 198 for their first time in the season.

Fortunately for her team, she was able to deliver, as her routine had just the right blend of tumbles, splits, and moonwalks.


According to ESPN Women, a video of her Michael Jackson-themed routine the meet drew more than 58 million views, instantly becoming a viral superstar.

While she understands the impact of her performance, claiming that many people currently know who she is, she keeps herself level-headed.

"I never expected in college gymnastics to get this kind of recognition. My masseuse was trying to put it into perspective, and he was like, 'That's 20 percent of the American population!' So it's cool, but it hasn't exactly changed my daily life or anything," she said.


Due to her mother being a big fan of Michael Jackson, she grew up listening to his music. When the 2017 season was over, she knew she wanted to use his music this season.

The gymnast then convinced coach Valorie Kondos Field to use Michael Jackson's moves on the routine and they started working on choreography. 

After sorting through different Jackson's moves, with assistant coach Chris Waller teaching her variations on the moonwalk, they managed to come up with the routine.

One of the best aspects of the performance was the fact that she seemed to be enjoying every single step she did. In the end, it was all worth it.