UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi scores a ideal 10 with must-see routine

Angelica Greene
January 15, 2019

Katelyn Ohashi, 21, wowed the crowd with her jumps and contagious enthusiasm as she danced to The Jackson 5 during her floor routine, earning a flawless 10 from the judges during Saturday's Collegiate Challenge.

"Proud Mary" began the one and a half minute routine, set to R&B hits like "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire, The Jackson 5′s "I Want You Back" and Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel".

What made Ohashi's routine special on the song "The Way You Make Me Feel" was just how interactive it was and how she danced in between her exercises with utmost ease and absolute fun. Every single thing about it including the backwards split that she does after her leap pass - it's insane. Video of her ebullient performance also went viral.

This isn't the first time that Ohashi has gained some viral fame from one of her routines, either. That was her personal best to beat, UCLA coach Valorie Kondos Field told the Los Angeles Times. Once she finished, she ran over to her fellow team mates who were all clapping in support of her along with the rest of the crowd, who were all on their feet by this point.

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"This is the most exciting floor routine I've ever seen", a former gymnast tweeted. She had another impressive M.J. -themed floor routine (featuring a moonwalk!) that helped her tie for first place during the Pac-12 Championships previous year, but that routine scored her a 9.95 out of 10.

The video revealed Ohashi was competing on a fractured back and tears in both shoulders.

Still, she's managed to keep her joy and love of the sport alive. She's also been outspoken about body issues she's faced during her time competing. "I was unbeatable until I wasn't", Ohashi said. "It's me being able to walk out with a smile on my face and truly being happy with myself", she concluded.

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