The ultimate goal for any gymnast is to nail a perfect score. The once-unattainable goal has become the gold standard for the beauty, balance and unparalleled athleticism it takes to catch the perfect 10, but 21-year-old UCLA Bruins gymnast Katelyn Ohashi has completely reset that standard.
During the Collegiate Challenge against California, Michigan State and UC Davis this past Saturday night in Anaheim, the defending 2018 NCAA Floor Exercise Champion broke the Internet when her latest routine landed a perfect score of 10.0 and absolutely stole the hearts of everyone across the country.
With her energy, focus and awe-inspiring tumbling passes inside Anaheim Arena, the six-time All-American and 2018 Pac-12 Specialist of the Year crushed yet another routine to record the sixth perfect 10 of her incredible collegiate career.
Oh, and this was only the second time she’d ever performed this floor routine in competition, too.
The Seattle, Washington-born gymnast sure isn’t new to the gymnastics spotlight, but boy did her viral routine raise her stock across the country in a hurry. The video was viewed more than 750,000 times on YouTube in just the first two days, plus it was retweeted more than 116,000 times and had over 24 million more views on the UCLA gymnastics Twitter account.
Last year during the Pac-12 Championships, which took place at the University of Arizona, Ohashi stepped onto the floor with the chance to win the conference’s team title. All she did was score a 9.950 to earn first place and deliver the UCLA Bruins another NCAA college gymnastics team championship.
That Michael Jackson-inspired routine has been viewed more than FOUR MILLION times.
How did 4-foot-10 megastar and four-year USA National Team member top that? By giving us another perfect score in 2019 and getting everybody out of their seats for a dance of their own.
“Her whole floor routine is ridiculously hard,” UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field told the Daily Bruin, UCLA’s student newspaper. “Every single thing about it including the backward split that she does after her leap pass — it’s insane.”
Thanks to the incredible difficulty and unmatched energy that the former Olympic hopeful brought once again, we not only have the best floor routine maybe we’ve ever seen, and arguably, the single-most incredible athletic feat you’ll see in a long time.