Katelyn Ohashi

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Katelyn Ohashi
Katelyn Ohashi in 2019.jpg
Ohashi at the Alaska Airlines Arena in 2019
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1997-04-12) April 12, 1997 (age 22)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
HometownBellevue, Washington, U.S.
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
LevelJunior Elite (2009–12)
Senior Elite (2013)
Level 10 (2015)
NCAA (2016–19)
Years on national team2009–2013 (US)
GymWOGA, GAGE
College teamUCLA Bruins (2016–19)
Former coach(es)Al Fong (GAGE)
Valeri Liukin (WOGA)
Laurent Landi
Valorie Kondos Field
Chris Waller
Randy Lane
Jordyn Wieber
ChoreographerAntonia Marakova
MusicOnegin's Theme (2010–2012), Ya Habibi, Always by Aysel and Arash (2013)
RetiredApril 20, 2019

Katelyn Michelle Ohashi (born April 12, 1997) is an American former artistic gymnast[1] who competed for the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a six-time All-American and was a four-time member of USA Gymnastics' Junior National Team, the 2011 junior national champion[2] and the winner of the 2013 American Cup. 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.

Early life and education[edit]

Katelyn Ohashi was born April 12, 1997, in Seattle, Washington, to Richard and Diana Ohashi, the latter being a former high school gymnast. She has three older brothers, Ryan, Kyle and Kalen, and is of German and Japanese descent.[3][4]

In 2006, Ohashi, her mother, and the youngest of her brothers, Kalen, moved to Kansas City, Missouri. Three years later they moved to Plano, Texas.[5]

She attended Spring Creek Academy before graduating from Plano Senior High School in 2015.[6] She began attending the University of California, Los Angeles in the fall of 2015 and majored in gender studies[7], graduating in 2019.[8] Ohashi started gymnastics at age 3.[8]

Ohashi had body image problems and has been a recipient of body shaming insults. She has received mental health counseling, which she reports as being "crucial in my growing as a person and my mental health."[8]

Gymnastics career[edit]

Junior[edit]

2009[edit]

Early in her career, Ohashi trained with Al Fong at Great American Gymnastics Express (GAGE) in Blue Springs, Missouri. Ohashi was twelve years old when she made her debut on the national gymnastics scene at the 2009 Junior Olympic National Championships. 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.[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. 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.[9]

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.[2] 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.[2]

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.[2][10]

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.[2]

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).[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.[12]

Ohashi captured the bars title at Nationals with skills that included an el-grip endo to straddled Jaeger,[12] a Gienger and a tucked double-double dismount.[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.[13] She also won floor with a routine that included a piked full-in and a two-and-a-half twist to front full.[13] On vault, she performed a double-twisting Yurchenko and finished fourth.[13]

Senior[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.[14] Later in the year, she suffered from two torn shoulders and a spine injury that required surgery, and did not compete again until 2015.

Level 10[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.[15] She then competed at the 2015 WOGA Classic on February 14 and placed 14th overall, competing three events.[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.[17]

Collegiate[edit]

Katelyn Ohashi in 2016

Ohashi joined the UCLA Bruins gymnastics team for the 2015–2016 season[18] and was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week four times.[19] However, in a meet against the Arizona Wildcats, the cap of Ohashi's balance beam fell off, causing her to land on her neck upon dismount.[20] Tests showed that she had sustained a sternal fracture,[21] 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 10s. In the 2018 season she improved upon her performances from the previous season. She captured three perfect 10s on floor, the first of her career, and set career highs on the uneven Bars, vault and the all-around. She finished the regular season ranked first on floor and third on beam, and was named the PAC 12 specialist of the year. Going into the national championships she competed on Beam and floor, placing fourth on beam and winning the floor title, her first national championship win.[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.[23] At the 2019 Collegiate Challenge she earned perfect 10s for a floor routine to an R&B and pop hits medley that she was performing for the second time and that has been shared widely on social media.[24][25]

Career perfect 10.0[26][edit]

Season Date Event Meet
2017 March 5, 2017 Balance Beam UCLA vs UC Berkeley
March 12, 2017 UCLA vs UNC
2018 February 4, 2018 Floor Exercise UCLA vs Oklahoma
February 25, 2018 UCLA vs Oregon State
March 13, 2018 UCLA vs San Jose State
2019 January 12, 2019 Collegiate Challenge
February 10, 2019 UCLA @ Washington
February 16, 2019 UCLA vs Arizona
March 3, 2019 UCLA @ Oklahoma
March 17, 2019 UCLA vs Utah State
March 23, 2019 2019 Pac-12 Championship

Regular season ranking[27][edit]

Season All-Around Vault Uneven Bars Balance Beam Floor Exercise
2016 N/A N/A N/A 53rd 151st
2017 N/A N/A N/A 1st 49th
2018 N/A N/A 52nd 3rd 1st
2019 N/A N/A N/A 2nd 1st

Competitive history[edit]

Junior[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2009 U.S. Classic 9 18 15 5 4
US National Championships 10 22 20 6 2nd, silver medalist(s)
2010 U.S. Classic 2nd, silver medalist(s) 8 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
US National Championships 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 4
Bumbo Classic 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
2011 City of Jesolo Trophy 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 1st, gold medalist(s)
U.S. Classic 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 9
US National Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 4 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
2012 Pacific Rim Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
City of Jesolo Trophy 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
U.S. Classic 1st, gold medalist(s) 8
US National Championships 5 11 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)

Senior[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2013 American Cup 1st, gold medalist(s)

NCAA[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2016 PAC-12 Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 7
NCAA Championships 5
2017 PAC-12 Championships 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
NCAA Championships 4 8
2018 PAC-12 Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
NCAA Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 4 1st, gold medalist(s)
2019 PAC-12 Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
NCAA Championships 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Orfanides, Effie (January 14, 2019). "Katelyn Ohashi: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy.com. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi made big sacrifices for a big goal". The Herald. March 16, 2012.
  6. ^ @PSHSWildcats (January 16, 2019). "Katelyn Ohashi, Class of 2015, you make us Plano Proud!!!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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  8. ^ a b c "'I was told I looked like a pig' - viral gymnastic star Katelyn Ohashi's battles with body image". May 23, 2019. Retrieved July 11, 2019 – via www.bbc.com.
  9. ^ ”USA Gymnastics names 2009 U.S. Women's National Team,” Factsheet, USA Gymnastics, August 15, 2009, accessed September 27, 2011.
  10. ^ "USA wins five junior gold medals at Bumbo Cup". USA Gymnastics. December 4, 2010.
  11. ^ "2011 Cover Girl Classic Meet Results," USA Gymnastics, July 23, 2011, http://usagym.org/pages/women/events/2011/covergirlclassic/, accessed September 28, 2011.
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  24. ^ Allyson Chiu, "'A 10 isn't enough': UCLA gymnast's flawless floor routine breaks the Internet", The Washington Post, via San Francisco Chronicle, January 14, 2019.
  25. ^ Katelyn Ohashi - 10.0 Floor (1-12-19) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ic7RNS4Dfo
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