If you have not seen gymnast Katelyn Ohashi's ground routine, please stop immediately what you are doing and click here to view them.
The 21-year-old The UCLA senior convinced the judges – and the Internet – on Saturday, January 12, with a floor routine that combined contagious personality, challenging steps, mesmerizing choreography, and pure joy. Her skill and her rapid pace at the college-level competition earned her a perfect 1
. 1 Ohashi's viral routine, however funny it looked, was anything but easy to do.
Here you can put together popular throwback songs, including Tina Turner's "Proud Mary", "Earth", Wind & Fire "September", The Jackson 5 is "I Want You Back" and Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me." Feel ". Saturday's performance was the second time that Ohashi has run the routine since making his debut at a meeting against Nebraska on January 4, according to the Los Angeles Times . And as you can probably tell from Ohashi's animated facial expressions during the 90-second routine, she does a lot of fun with routines like this one.
"On the ground I can express myself," said Ohashi NBC News . "It's like my party time, like my playing time."
That is, although the routine is undoubtedly fun, it's also extremely difficult.
"Your entire ground routine is ridiculously hard," explains head coach of UCLA women's gymnastics Valorie Kondos Field told the Daily Bruin school school newspaper. "All about it, including the split she made after her jump."
When she entered the competition area on Saturday, Ohashi brought her A-plus plus game. "I've never seen them like this," said Kondos Field to the Los Angeles Times . "I've never seen her features, her quality of performance, as professional as I've seen tonight."
. 2 However, it was not her first viral achievement.
Last year, at the Pac-12 Turning Championships in 2018, Ohashi won the college title in the Floor Division with a Michael Jackson performance – complete with moonwalking routine and the iconic "thriller" – Clapping – that has more than 4.5 million views on YouTube today.
. 3 As a teenager, Ohashi was one of the top gymnasts in the world before injury and burnout eluded her Olympic dreams.
Ohashi is one of the last gymnasts to have defeated Simone Biles in a class major competition. Born in Seattle, USA, he spent four years in the USA national team gymnastics and at the age of 16 won the 2013 American Cup, one of the most prestigious competitions in the world. (Check out their nearly flawless ground practice and their extremely demanding blast routine from the competition). She was definitely on the right track for the Olympics.
However, everything changed when Ohashi shared an emotional ego statement in a Players' Tribune video released last year that she had fractured with a broken back and two shredded shoulders.
"I think gymnastics may be a really brutal sport," Ohashi revealed in the video titled " I was Broken ." I do not think it should be a brutal sport. "
Because of these injuries and the increasing pressure to adapt to a specific body type -" I was told it was embarrassing how tall I had become, "Ohashi revealed in the video," I was compared to a bird that did not "She decided to leave the professional world in 2015." I was so mentally exhausted and devastated, "she told NBC News." I did not enjoy the sport so much.
Later that year, she won her joy and love for the sport after joining the UCLA Bruins gymnastics group and at the end of the day, I think that should have been my way, "she told Tribune Player. "I have not felt that kind of luck for a long time."
5 Apart from her obvious athletic ability, Ohashi regularly writes about body image and other health issues.
Ohashi maintains a WordPress site, Behind the Madness with a girlfriend, Maria Caire, on which the two discuss "the various physical problems that athletes endure." Ohashi's posts in which also discusses their struggles, which include both a rare skin disease and a colitis Coping with ulcerative are enlightening and sincerely said to do or be so many different things and they are expected to be so many different Meet expectations; I think that was something I've always struggled with, "Ohashi wrote in a 2017 article titled" Dear nobody, this is for me ", in which we talked about the assault of the athletes and The pressure they both felt was discussed as a gymnast and a woman, to find a specific path. "Women are expected to have thin waists and yet be lush. The people around us tell us that we have to eat something, but then we look at each other in disgust as we cross the invisible line of overemphasis … Ignoring the opinions of the people around me and focusing on what I think was one of the biggest impact on saving me. Why should we allow others to dictate how we think about ourselves?
While the rest of us will not mimic Ohashi's cracks, jumps, and jumps, their messages about self-acceptance and body image are emblematic and inspiring, whether you're a professional athlete or not.