The Story Behind Katelyn Ohashi's Epic Gymnastics Routine That Earned Her a Perfect 10

Playing How UCLA Gymnast Who Scored Perfect 10 Persisted After Nearly Quitting

One UCLA student became a viral sensation over the weekend thanks to her epic gymnastics routine. 

Katelyn Ohashi, 21, wowed the crowd with her jumps and contagious enthusiasm as she danced to The Jackson 5 during her floor routine, earning a perfect 10 from the judges during Saturday’s Collegiate Challenge. 

Her teammates seemed to know every move of her 90-second routine, cheering her on and dancing along as Ohashi performed. 

The Washington Post called the routine "electrifying,” "full of gravity-defying flip," and “a healthy dose of sassy confidence.”

Many high-profile people took to Twitter to applaud Ohashi, including Sen. Kamala Harris. 

Ohashi replied to Harris, saying she would get her tickets to the next event. 


Journalist Soledad O’Brien called it “amazing.”


Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson also shared the video to Ohashi’s delight. 

Ohashi’s story to get to the perfect score was no easy task. She used to compete at the elite level, but it took a physical and emotional toll on her. After numerous injuries, including tearing both shoulders and fracturing her back, she said she fell out of love with the sport and opted to go to UCLA and begin her collegiate career. 

She then joined their gymnastics team when she felt ready and Saturday marked the sixth time in her collegiate career that she's earned perfect marks and the fourth time she's done so on the floor.

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