UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi “came alive” on Saturday when Tina Turner’s Proud Mary blared through the speakers of the Anaheim Arena.
And the resulting video of the routine has traveled far and wide outside the venue.
Ohashi kicked off her routine with a body roll followed by a “massive tumbling pass that ended in a flawlessly stuck landing,” The Denver Post reported, stunning the crowd, her coaches, teammates and, most notably, the judges — who awarded her a perfect 10.
Since videos of her high-energy routine were posted online over the weekend, the young, rising star of the gymnastics word has suddenly gone viral, with many heralding it as one of the best floor routines they have ever seen.
The best part of her routine, as the Denver Post pointed out, was the sheer joy that seemed to emanate from Ohashi, a stark contrast from the athlete’s previous revelations, made this August, about her decision to step back from her Olympic dreams several years ago after the sport left her “broken.”
“A 10 isn’t enough for this floor routine by @katelyn_ohashi,” the UCLA Gymnastics official Twitter account shared Sunday, posting a video of Ohashi’s stellar performance at the Collegiate Challenge, where the Bruins earned first place.
As of early Monday morning, the video of her routine had been viewed almost 20 million times.