Katelyn Ohashi has achieved many incredible things throughout her career. But this latest gymnastics routine is so daring that it has given her new levels of fame.
In 2019, Katelyn Ohashi became 22 years old. Most people at the age of 22 have only achieved compiling a mountain of student debt.
But Ohashi’s gymnastic career has resulted in five gold medals at the Jr. Pacific Rim Championships, a gold at the FIG World Cup and two golds and two bronzes at the NCAA championships.
And if all of those medals weren’t enough, she’s rapidly becoming one of the most famous athletes on the planet.
You may have thought that the most successful sports video of 2019 was a clip of soccer, football, baseball or some other highly popular sport. But you’d be wrong.
A video of Ohashi’s routine has outperformed all of the other sports moments to become the most viewed sports clip of 2019 so far.
The video was uploaded in January and has, to date, gained almost 41 million views on YouTube.
But what makes the video so popular?
The video is just so feel good and flawless!
Ohashi moves to Michael Jackson’s The Way You Make Me Feel and flies through the air.
Not only is she performing some amazing acrobatic feats, but she’s also doing it with such enthusiasm.
Throughout the video, she’s smiling, and between jumps, she’s dancing with happiness.
This positive energy clearly feeds into her routine, as she pulls off some moves that most of us can only dream of.
At the end of the routine, the crowd literally screams. She gets a perfect 10.0 from the judges.
Another reason why this video may have done do well is because it’s such a good distraction from the current climate.
With so much controversy and negativity coming from the world of politics, perhaps people just want to see someone being graceful and happy while doing what they’re best at?
And Ohashi’s performance was no one-off. It was the fourth perfect 10.0 to date.
And if you’re wondering whether Ohashi can ever achieve this again, then the answer is that she already has.
In fact, 2019 is shaping up to be the most successful year of her career so far. Her seventh perfect 10.0 came in March, when she was performing at an event in Oklahoma.
Here, she performs to another Michael Jackson hit and delivers a similarly stunning, enthused and feel good routine.
Ohashi definitely deserves to be where she is nowadays. She’s gone through so much to become one of the world’s greatest athletes.
Throughout her career, she’s suffered a range of injuries. And for a time, people tried to put her off of gymnastics entirely.
She spoke to the BBC recently regarding how people had damaged her self esteem.
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“I was told that I didn’t look like a gymnast. I was told that I looked like I swallowed an elephant, or that I looked like a pig.”
But Ohashi was able to work through these negative voices.
When she enrolled at UCLA, she was able to find positive, optimistic voices who encouraged her to succeed.
And the result is that she’s one of the most celebrated athletes right now and is making millions of people happy through her work!
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Source: NCAA Gymnastics