Katelyn Michelle Ohashi (born April 12, 1997) is an American former artistic gymnast 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 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.
Ohashi at the Alaska Airlines Arena in 2019
|Country represented||United States|
|Born||April 12, 1997|
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Hometown||Bellevue, Washington, U.S.|
|Height||4 ft. 10 in. (1.47 m)|
|Discipline||Women's artistic gymnastics|
|Level||Junior Elite (2009–12)|
Senior Elite (2013)
Level 10 (2015)
|Years on national team||2009–2013 (US)|
|College team||UCLA Bruins (2016–19)|
|Former coach(es)||Al Fong (GAGE)|
Valeri Liukin (WOGA)
Valorie Kondos Field
|Music||Onegin's Theme (2010–2012), Ya Habibi, Always by Aysel and Arash (2013)|
|Retired||April 20, 2019|
Early life and educationEdit
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.
She attended Spring Creek Academy before graduating from Plano Senior High School in 2015. She began attending the University of California, Los Angeles in the fall of 2015 and majored in gender studies, graduating in 2019. Ohashi started gymnastics at age 3.
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."
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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). 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.
Ohashi captured the bars title at Nationals with skills that included an el-grip endo to straddled Jaeger, a Gienger and a tucked double-double dismount. 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. She also won floor with a routine that included a piked full-in and a two-and-a-half twist to front full. On vault, she performed a double-twisting Yurchenko and finished fourth.
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. Later in the year, she suffered from two torn shoulders and a spine injury that required surgery, and did not compete again until 2015.
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. She then competed at the 2015 WOGA Classic on February 14 and placed 14th overall, competing three events. On February 20, she competed at the Legends Invitational in Los Angeles, where she placed 13th in the all-around and second on vault.
Ohashi joined the UCLA Bruins gymnastics team for the 2015–2016 season and was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week four times. 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. Tests showed that she had sustained a sternal fracture, 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. 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. 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.
|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|
|Season||All-Around||Vault||Uneven Bars||Balance Beam||Floor Exercise|
|US National Championships||10||22||20||6|
|US National Championships||7||5||4|
|2011||City of Jesolo Trophy||5||4|
|US National Championships||4|
|2012||Pacific Rim Championships|
|City of Jesolo Trophy|
|US National Championships||5||11|
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