Ohashi reminded the world of that when her mesmerizingly joyful, perfect-10-scoring routine went viral this weekend, earning praise from notable names like Kamala Harris and Chelsea Peretti.
As "The Way You Make Me Feel" played, Ohashi delivered three tumbles, into a split landing before standing to the raucous applause of the crowd and fellow competitors.
"Her whole floor routine is ridiculously hard". She spent months brainstorming with Coach Valorie Kondos Field and others to come up with the flawless combination of music, dance moves and, of course, unique tumbling passes, and she didn't even make the final tweaks until days before the Bruins' opening meet on January 4. Ohashi has dealt with debilitating back injuries that took her out of elite competitions and veered her onto the collegiate gymnastics path. Video of her ebullient performance also went viral.
Still, she's managed to keep her joy and love of the sport alive.
Ohashi's routine, set to a medley that included Michael Jackson, had plenty of gravity-defying flips and twists, as well as this incredible splits sequence.
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Ohashi performed to the tune of several Michael Jackson songs while she flipped and danced her way to a ideal score of 10.
While Nichols has gotten much of the (very well-deserved) attention on the Oklahoma team, Anastasia Webb quietly came in as a freshman a year ago and competed with ice in her veins.
After seeing that, it should come as no surprise that Ohashi is the reigning NCAA co-champion on the floor.
But for many, Ohashi's performance stood out simply because she appeared to be having fun, a rare sight in an often stressful and grueling sport that demands perfection from its athletes. She's also been outspoken about body issues she's faced during her time competing. "I was unbeatable. Until I wasn't". "It's me being able to walk out with a smile on my face and truly being happy with myself".