Katelyn Ohashi

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Katelyn Ohashi
Country represented  United States
Born (1997-04-12) April 12, 1997 (age 20)
Hometown Newcastle, Washington
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior International Elite
Years on national team 2009–2013
Gym WOGA, GAGE
College team UCLA Bruins (2015–19)
Head coach(es) Valorie Kondos Field
(UCLA)
Assistant coach(es) Chris Waller
Former coach(es) Al Fong
(GAGE)
Valeri Liukin
Laurent Landi
(WOGA)
Choreographer Antonia Marakova
Music Onegin's Theme (2010–2012), Ya Habibi, Always by Aysel and Arash (2013)

Katelyn Ohashi (born April 12, 1997) is an American artistic gymnast. Currently, she competes for the University of California, Los Angeles and is a two-time All-American. Previously, she was a four-time member of USA Gymnastics' Junior National Team, the 2011 junior national champion[1] and the winner of the 2013 American Cup.

Junior career[edit]

2009[edit]

Early in her career, Ohashi trained with Al Fong at Great American Gymnastics Express (GAGE) in Blue Springs, Missouri. She made her debut on the national gymnastics scene at the 2009 Junior Olympic National Championships, where she placed first on floor exercise, tied for second on uneven bars, placed fourth in the all-around and tied for seventh on vault.[1]

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. This qualified her to the National Championships in Dallas, where she won the silver medal on floor exercise, placed sixth on beam, finished tenth in the all-around and was named to the junior national team.[2]

Soon after Nationals, Ohashi moved to Plano, Texas, to train at WOGA.

2010[edit]

In the junior division of the 2010 U.S. Classic in Chicago, Ohashi won silver medals in the all-around and on bars, beam and floor.[1] At the National Championships in Hartford, Connecticut, in July, she won the bars title, placed third in the all-around and tied for fourth on floor. She placed fifth on beam and seventh on vault.[1]

At the 2010 Bumbo Cup in Pretoria, South Africa, Ohashi captured the junior-division gold medals in the all-around, floor and vault, along with silver medals on bars and beam.[1]

2011[edit]

In the junior division at the 2011 City of Jesolo Trophy, Ohashi helped the U.S. win the team competition and won an individual gold medal on floor. She tied for second on uneven bars and placed third all-around, fourth on beam and fifth on vault.[1]

At the U.S. Classic in Chicago, she won the silver medal on beam with a score of 14.95, and tied for fifth on vault with Kiana Winston (14.55).[3] At the National Championships in August, she won the junior all-around title with a total score of 120.95 over two nights, besting defending champion Kyla Ross.[4]

Ohashi captured the bars title at Nationals with skills that included an el-grip endo to straddled Jaeger,[4] a Gienger and a tucked double-double dismount.[5] 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.[5] She also won floor with a routine that included a piked full-in and a two-and-a-half twist to front full.[5] On vault, she performed a double-twisting Yurchenko and finished fourth.[5]

Senior career[edit]

Ohashi won the 2013 American Cup in March, defeating U.S. teammate Simone Biles. In April, however, she had shoulder surgery, which prevented her from competing for the rest of the year.

In an interview at the 2014 WOGA Classic, Ohashi said she was unsure of her ability to continue at the international elite level after her injury.[6] Later in the year, she suffered a back injury that required surgery, and did not compete again until 2015.

Level 10 career[edit]

In 2015, Ohashi dropped from elite competition back to Level 10. Her first competition since 2013 was the Texas Prime Meet, where she performed only on vault, beam and floor.

Ohashi competed at the 2015 Pikes Peak Cup in Colorado Springs on February 6. She placed 17th in the all-around and finished second in the vault event final with a score of 9.850.[7] She then competed at the 2015 WOGA Classic on February 14 and placed 14th overall, competing three events.[8] On February 20, she competed at the Legends Invitational in Los Angeles, where she placed 13th in the all-around and second on vault.[9]

College career[edit]

Ohashi joined the UCLA Bruins gymnastics team for the 2015–2016 season[10] and was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week four times.[11] However, in a meet against the Arizona Wildcats, she landed on her neck on her balance beam dismount after the cap of the beam she was performing on fell off.[12] Tests showed that she had sustained a sternal fracture[13], an injury that kept her out for four weeks. The following season, Ohashi finished the regular season at No. 1 on Balance Beam and received two perfect 10.0s.

Career Perfect 10.0[edit]

Season Date Event Meet
2017 March 5, 2017 Balance Beam UCLA vs UC Berkeley
2017 March 12, 2017 Balance Beam UCLA vs UNC
2018 February 4, 2018 Floor Exercise UCLA vs Oklahoma

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f ”Katelyn Ohashi,” USA Gymnastics, Bio, accessed September 27, 2011.
  2. ^ ”USA Gymnastics names 2009 U.S. Women’s National Team,” Factsheet, USA Gymnastics, August 15, 2009, accessed September 27, 2011.
  3. ^ "2011 Cover Girl Classic Meet Results," USA Gymnastics, July 23, 2011, http://usagym.org/pages/women/events/2011/covergirlclassic/, accessed September 28, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Ohashi cruises to victory at the 2011 Visa Championships," Press release, USA Gymnastics, August 20, 2011, accessed September 29, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d "Quick Hits," Factsheet, USA Gymnastics, August 14, 2011, accessed September 29, 2011.
  6. ^ "Katelyn Ohashi of WOGA Updates us on her Injury Status". gymnastike.org. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Katelyn Ohashi, WOGA Gymnastics - MyMeetScores.com". mymeetscores.com. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  8. ^ "2015 WOGA Classic Results". thegymter.net. February 14, 2015. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  9. ^ "2015 Gymnastics Legends - MyMeetScores.com". Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  10. ^ "UCLA Gymnastics Signs Three More Star Recruits". www.uclabruins.com. April 15, 2015. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Ohashi Named Pac-12 Freshman of Week". www.uclabruins.com. January 19, 2016. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Gymnast doesn't let fall throw game off balance, leads UCLA to win". Daily Bruin. January 24, 2016. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  13. ^ Cummings, Matt (February 2, 2016). "Freshman gymnast Katelyn Ohashi diagnosed with sternal fracture". Daily Bruin. Retrieved July 22, 2016.