UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi, who first made headlines in January after scoring a perfect 10 on a now-viral performance, has completed her collegiate career.
The 22-year-old gymnast 's floor routine at the 2019 Collegiate Challenge went viral with more than 43 million views on Twitter. After some slight changes to the choreography, including the removal of Michael Jackson's music and accompanying dance moves, Ohashi performed the infectious routine for the final time on Saturday at the NCAA Women's Gymnastics National Championship.
Footage of the routine, which was shared by espnW, has been viewed nearly 3 million times as of Monday morning. Ohashi earned a 9.950 for the performance.
Katelyn Ohashi, a 2019 All-American on floor and beam, shares what's next for her after remarkable gymnastics career at UCLA.
The future pursuits include summer camps, an internship with The Players' Tribune and an upcoming poetry book. Ohashi also says she will stay close with Valorie Kondos Field, UCLA's storied head coach.
After a successful gymnastics career with UCLA, viral sensation Katelyn Ohashi graduated this Spring ready to forge a new path. The 22-year-old gymnast told POPSUGAR in a previous interview that she's working on a poetry-slash-photography book and is interested in activism. But before she could dip her toes into the post-college world, Katelyn competed one last time at the Aurora Games.
This first-of-its-kind, all-female event features sports like hockey, tennis, and, of course, gymnastics. It divides athletes into Team Americas and Team World and is as much of a showcase as it is a competition. The gymnastics portion on Aug. 22 had five disciplines: parkour (Yes, parkour!), power tumbling, aesthetic gymnastics, and traditional beam and floor. Competing alongside Katelyn for Team Americas were former collegiate gymnasts Alicia Boren, McKenna Kelley, and Danusia Francis.
Getting back to training after four months wasn't so difficult for beam, Katelyn told commentator and Olympic silver medalist Samantha Peszek after she received a 9.9 on that event. Katelyn said the secret to getting those high numbers and staying solid without falling is moving across the beam like it's the floor (Simone Biles does this). "I do the best when I'm having fun and that's what I try to embody on beam," she shared.
Saturday, Lexy Ramler scored a perfect 10 with her balance beam routine, which helped propel the Gophers to a team score of 196.875 and first place in a quad meet at Rutgers. The win brought sixth-ranked Minnesota to a 3-1 record on the year.
The perfect 10 routine was Ramler's first and only the third in Gophers history. But, head coach Jenny Hansen said it took a team effort to get the win.
"Every athlete went up there and nailed their routines," said coach Jenny Hansen. "For Lexy to score a 10 was a long time coming. She has done a lot of 10-worthy routines in her life. We are so happy for her."