Published: Tue, January 15, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi performs ideal 10 Michael Jackson floor routine

UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi performs ideal 10 Michael Jackson floor routine

UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi has gone viral after her new floor routine landed her a flawless 10 at the Collegiate Challenge in Anaheim, Calif. According to the LA Times, Ohashi helped UCLA win an NCAA title a year ago after being involved in a auto accident.

After nabbing a share of the NCAA title on floor last season (alongside Oklahoma's Maggie Nichols) and amassing almost 100 million (!) views online of her Michael Jackson-inspired routine, senior Katelyn Ohashi knew she had a tough act to follow.

The 21-year-old star is Katelyn Ohashi, and she nearly stepped away from gymnastics altogether.

In her early gymnastics career, Ohashi competed with USA Gymnastics' junior national team for four years, the Washington Post reported.

But this year's performance at the Collegiate Challenge has caused a much bigger buzz, one which Ohashi thoroughly deserves.

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"This is the most exciting floor routine I've ever seen", a former gymnast tweeted.

It was her second time performing the routine, according to the Los Angeles Times. The 21-year-old exuded a type of confidence that stunned the audience, judges and millions of people who would later view her routine.

The video revealed Ohashi was competing on a fractured back and tears in both shoulders. "I was unbeatable, until I wasn't". "It took me finding Ms. Val [Kondos Field] and UCLA and having a different goal and path to follow, to finally find joy and love within the sport again". It's not me standing on a podium with medals.

Once an Olympic hopeful, Katelyn had stepped back from the sport in August, claiming that it was "breaking" her. "It's me being able to walk out with a smile on my face and truly being happy with myself", she concluded.

Newsweek reached out to Ohashi but hasn't yet heard back.

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