Last January, Ohashi sent the internet into meltdown with her high-powered and gravity-defying floor routine, which went viral, gaining millions of views. It was widely recognized as one of the best floor routines ever performed at a college competition. Ohashi fascinated gymnastics fans with her incredible ability to bounce straight back up from splits. The magazine pictures famous athletes nude and semi-nude, strategically covering private parts. It invited Ohashi to tell her story, which was full of rises and falls. The gymnast had been considered the brightest US junior several years ago, beating Simone Biles at the American Cup.
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Katelyn Ohashi discusses the physical and mental challenges she has faced in gymnastics and the floor routine that made her a viral sensation. To see interviews, pictures, videos and more, visit our full gallery. I started gymnastics when I was 3 years old. My mom used to say I did cartwheels in her stomach. I would never get out of the gym, and when I was at home I'd set up mini-tramps behind the couch and flip over them. It was so much fun. I became an elite gymnast when I was 12 years old, and everything became less about me and what I wanted and more for everyone around me.
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By Danielle Zoellner For Dailymail. Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi has posed nude for ESPN's September Body Issue, which will be the magazine's final printed issue as it moves towards a digital platform for readers. The year-old Seattle, Washington, native went viral on social media in January after competing Collegiate Challenge for her team — University of California , Los Angeles. Her performance on the floor earned her a perfect 10 and stunned fans around the world. Focused: The year-old Seattle native went viral in January for her floor routine during the Collegiate Challenge.
Gymnastics is one of the most-watched sports of the Summer Olympics — between Games, however, it tends to disappear, its stars retiring often in their teens or retreating to the chalky semi-obscurity of training. Now the iconic Nadia Comaneci is head judge on a celebrity reality show about gymnastics: Tumble , which concludes its first season on the BBC this weekend. Nadia Comaneci was the first gymnast to score a perfect 10 at the Olympics, during the games in Montreal. But her global fame nearly four decades after her win is a testament to something beyond that achievement. Today she appears on TV in tailored designer clothes that accentuate the same leg lines she exhibited in leaps across the beam, and her hair is perfectly coiffed in loose brown waves. Back then, she rarely made mistakes and her routines were breathtaking in their precision. Her performances never exhibited the screwball energy of live athletic competition. They were scripted through hours of training — more scripted, even, than the reality-TV format she now inhabits. And that sense of public control is hard-won even aside from strictures imposed by growing up in communist Romania.