She was trending globally on various social media networks in January 2019 for her perfect 10 score at the 2019 Collegiate Challenge, the fourth perfect 10 floor routine of her career. I wanted to recreate the details that Mendieta did within her photographs…. [13] Her winning beam routine, one of the most difficult in the world, featured a full-twisting back layout, a standing Arabian, an Onodi and a piked full-in dismount. [11] At the National Championships in August, she won the junior all-around title with a total score of 120.95 over two nights, beating defending champion Kyla Ross. Katelyn Michelle Ohashi (born April 12, 1997) is an American former artistic gymnast[1] who competed for the University of California, Los Angeles. [5], She attended Spring Creek Academy before graduating from Plano Senior High School in 2015. In the 2018 season she improved upon her performances from the previous season. 2018 NCAA Team Champion [22] She followed this up with another national championship win the next night with the UCLA team in the Super Six, where Ohashi scored a pair of 9.95s on beam and floor. 2 on beam, Ohashi took first place on her first seven routines of her senior year season and was largely responsible for delivering sell-out crowds at Pauley Pavillion. She tied for second on uneven bars and placed third all-around, fourth on beam and fifth on vault. UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi concluded her collegiate gymnastics career Saturday with a near-perfect routine that enthralled Twitter as usual. This poem is dedicated to a friend of mine that had a difficult time telling me even three things she loved about herself. This time I’ve been told I may never be able to do gymnastics again. She was an avid gymnast and at just 12 years old made her debut on the national gymnastics scene, at the 2009 Junior Olympic National Championships. These past three months have been crazy and I could not be more blessed, but that will be reflected on more once season is over. The following season, Ohashi finished the regular season at No. Ohashi was twelve years old when she made her debut on the national gymnastics scene at the 2009 Junior Olympic National Championships. 20 … Scored 9.975 on beam, 9.95 on floor and 9.875 on bars at Stanford … Captured her fourth consecutive floor title with a 9.95 at the Masters Classic and also tied for second on beam with a 9.9 … Scored her second perfect 10 of the year on floor against Oregon State and also won beam with a season-best 9.975 and placed second in the all-around with a career-high 39.575 … Pac-12 Specialist of the Week for Feb. 20 after winning beam (9.925) and floor (9.975) and tying for second with a season-high 9.9 on bars against Utah … Tied for first on beam with a 9.95 at Cal … Scored her first perfect 10 on floor vs. Oklahoma … Earned career-highs of 9.875 on vault and 9.925 on floor to finish in the Top 3 at the Metroplex Challenge … Competed all-around for the first time in two years at Arizona and won with a career-high 39.450. Career Highlights As she retires from gymnastics and goes on to pursue other areas near and dear to her heart, we know she will continue to radiate joy, and continue to inspire everyone around her. Did the gaping hole eating at my insides ever fill up or was it just temporarily covered? I have had a multitude of injuries throughout my career, but this one is different. The UCLA gymnast is no stranger to winning. 2019 Pac-12 Balance Beam, Floor Exercise Co-Champion Play Video. ... in the gymnastics space. At the Championships, she placed first on floor exercise, tied for second on uneven bars, placed fourth in the all-around and tied for seventh on vault. Of course, it would be a lot easier if an image of our souls could be portrayed as an external for the surface level folks running from the depths of people that don’t appeal to them within seconds of viewing an outer shell. Because I am my own size, and no words or judgmental stares will make me compromise. [6] She began attending the University of California, Los Angeles in the fall of 2015 and majored in gender studies[7], graduating in 2019. [16] On February 20, she competed at the Legends Invitational in Los Angeles, where she placed 13th in the all-around and second on vault. 2013 AT&T American Cup all-around champion She placed 17th in the all-around and finished second in the vault event final with a score of 9.850. But, it wasn’t until she became a Bruin, under the tutelage of Coach Valorie Kondos Field (aka Miss Val), that she truly learned to enjoy the sport and release the pressures and injustices she had endured from her early elite years of competition. Four-year USA National Team member, Best Marks 2016 Born in Seattle, Washington in 1997, Katelyn and her family moved to Kansas City, Missouri when she was 9 years old. The joy that once pulsated through our bodies is far too soon diminished and ripped away from us, as the elite atmosphere kicks in and soon takes away the thing that we had once seen as the greatest time of our life. In 2015, Ohashi dropped from elite competition back to Level 10. UB - 9.950, 3/13/18 [2], She competed in her first elite meet at the U.S. Classic in Des Moines, Iowa, where she placed fourth on floor in the junior division, tied for fifth on balance beam and placed ninth in the all-around. [17], Ohashi joined the UCLA Bruins gymnastics team for the 2015–2016 season[18] and was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week four times. As an eight-time All-American and a four-time member of USA Gymnastics’ Junior National Team, the 2011 junior national champion was the winner of the 2013 American Cup, defeating Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles to clinch the title. Soon after Nationals, Ohashi moved to Plano, Texas, to train at WOGA. 1 on beam … First-team All-Pac-12 on beam, second-team on floor … Became the first Bruin ever to score consecutive perfect 10s on beam (Mar. Katelyn won for “Best Viral Sports Moment” AND “Best Play” at The 26th Annual ESPYS hosted by Tracy Morgan. 2017 One second, one glance and you’ve already formed an opinion. 5 and Mar. I’ve been consumed with the thought that bigger is synonymous to less than, Katelyn Ohashi thinks her viral January gymnastics routine for UCLA showed a different side of the sport. Ohashi was twelve years old when she made her debut on the national gymnastics scene at the 2009 Junior Olympic National Championships. I started seeing a therapist in an attempt to empty out the baggage from my past experiences…. I know I have felt alone and questioned, thinking that I was the only one to had ever experience these things. She placed fifth on beam and seventh on vault. Second-team All-Pac-12 on balance beam … Named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week four times in the six weeks she competed in the regular season … Sat out four weeks with a small sternum fracture but came back to score 9.9 on beam in five meets, including at the NCAA Championships and NCAA Super Six … Recorded her third consecutive 9.9 on beam to tie for third place vs. Oklahoma … Won Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors for the second-straight week after scoring career-highs of 9.9 on both beam and floor vs. Stanford/Georgia … In her first meet back from injury, she won beam with a career-high 9.9 vs. ASU, en route to Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors … Named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week after winning the all-around and bars and setting career-highs on all four events (vault - 9.775, bars - 9.925, beam - 9.825, floor - 9.85) and the all-around (39.375) at Arizona … Named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week Jan. 19 after scoring a career-high 9.9 on bars to tie for third and adding scores of 9.8 on beam and 9.825 on floor at Florida … Second in the all-around in the season opener vs. Alabama, scoring 38.625 thanks in part to scores of 9.8 on beam and 9.85 on floor. Ohashi was born in Seattle, Washington, to Richard and Diana Ohashi, the latter being a former high-school gymnast. All rights reserved. Best known for tumbling into the perfect drop split, and bouncing back up with the look of sheer joy on her face, Katelyn Ohashi practically broke the internet with her viral floor routine that earned multiple 10.0 scores, and got people talking about something other than abuse, in the gymnastics space.

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