It was only posted online four days ago but the video of UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi performing a technically perfect and joy-charged floor routine, for which she scored a 10, has already been viewed more than 20 million times.
It’s not hard to see why. Her flawless routine is nothing short of a wonder to behold.
Apart from her awe-inspiring athleticism the sheer joy she exudes while performing is thrilling.
The 21-year old Ohashi was awarded a perfect score for her “electrifying performance full of gravity-defying flips, killer dance moves and a healthy dose of sassy confidence” all while wearing a wide grin.
— UCLA Gymnastics (@uclagymnastics) January 13, 2019
Katelyn Ohashi is not unfamiliar with perfect tens or viral fame. Last year her routine to Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” earned her three perfect 10s at different meets and was watched almost 100 million times on Facebook.
Her backstory is compelling and makes her joy-filled viral floor routines all the more joyous to watch. She was an elite gymnast who represented America several times, was an Olympic hopeful and considered ‘unbeatable’. But in 2015 she quit elite gym after it left her ‘broken’.
— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) January 14, 2019
She explained that persistent injuries and body image issues had destroyed her self-esteem and so she decided to go to college.
This the piece I've been waiting to read on that joyous viral gymnastics routine. https://t.co/3XjKNl0ZJn
— Ruth Graham (@publicroad) January 14, 2019
She has thrived under the tutelage of renowned coach ‘Miss Val’ at UCLA and says college gym has rekindled her love of the sport. The joy is real.