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Katelyn Ohashi Was the Best Gymnast in the World, Until She Wasn’t | The Players’ Tribune

September 9, 2019

– [Commentator] And
this is Katelyn Ohashi, impressive to say the least. – [Ohashi] There was a time where I was on top of the world, an Olympic hopeful. – Simone Biles. – She will not be the American Cup champion. – Katelyn Ohashi wins it. – [Ohashi] I was unbeatable. Until I wasn’t. – [Coach] Good arms, tight body. – I want to do bars there. Too high? Please. This girl’s joy is just being present. She just keeps going and going like nothing’s stopping her. Living day by day and
enjoying every second of it. Flipping and flipping
and even at a young age, even when she didn’t have gymnastics, she was still in the gym. Gymnastics was her world. – Katelyn Ohashi of WOGA on floor exercise. – [Ohashi] That girl that
you would think had it all, all these medals in her room, podiums she’s standing on, she thought she had nothing. – Well here’s young Katelyn Ohashi. – Double-pike dismount here. – Pretty solid routine. – Yeah, still going to get a very good score, but she
can be actually much better. – [Ohashi] Fans would tell her
that she wasn’t good enough. She didn’t look a certain way. She wanted to eat junk food
and feel O.K. the next day and not have to worry
about getting kicked out because she couldn’t make a scale. Then constantly exercising after a meal just to feel good enough to go to bed. She was on this path of
almost invincibility. And then her back just gave out. She wanted to experience what it was like to be a kid again. – Katelyn, smile. – [Ohashi] I was broken. No one ever fully knew
what I was going through. And I never really could say or publicize what was wrong with me. I was happy to be injured. I was told that it was
embarrassing how big I’d become. I was compared to a
bird that couldn’t fly. These are all things I heard
before I’d even got injured, things that when I was skinny I was told, so what would they think of me when I had become big. I couldn’t accept myself. Gymnastics was my worth. It was my life. I hated myself. It took me finding Miss Val and UCLA and having a different
goal and path to follow to finally find joy and
love within the sport again. – What is that? – Togetherness. – [Miss Val] This is what?
Togetherness, the bond, the fibers of the trampoline.
This is Bruin family, right? And what happens with Bruin family? We trust each other, right? It’s about trust. It’s about enthusiasm. It’s about passion for everything we do. It’s about the fact that
we’re all very unique, and we all bring different
things to this fiber, right? – I look up to my coach so much. My Mom wasn’t exactly happy when I quit elite gymnastics and
wanted to go to college. Miss Val asked her why she had
like a change in her heart, and she said, “I see how
happy my daughter is.” – [Coach] No ducky. – And that’s all it took to really … to feel like a person again. – [Supporters] Let’s go Kate. – Get it, Kate! – [Ohashi] I think gymnastics
can be a very brutal sport, but I don’t think it’s
supposed to be a brutal sport. I just hope that in 10, 20 years there will be people leaving the sport feeling untouched by it. At the end of the day I think, this should’ve been my path. I haven’t been able to feel this type of happiness in a long time. I found my joy, my voice, myself, and
my love for the sport. It’s not the outcome. It’s not me standing on
a podium with medals. It’s me being able to walk
out with a smile on my face and truly being like happy with myself, and that comes first.


  • Reply Madelyn Oliveira August 31, 2019 at 5:43 am

    She’s such a beautiful person thoughh❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply naturelkiss kt August 31, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Your not fat your just….


  • Reply Betsaida Aguirre August 31, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    She is such a winner

  • Reply Bull231mj August 31, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    I wonder Will Katelyn ever go back to the elite

  • Reply jtmichelle August 31, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    I had this. I was great at goalkeeping..until I got injuries and I wasn’t. I wasn’t able to come back after healing. I still cry about it now 🙁

  • Reply Noelia Fuentes Quesada September 1, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Te merecías mas un admirador tuyo de gran canaria

  • Reply Lauren Miller September 1, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Is this what the movie "full out" was based on?

  • Reply jeremy x September 1, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    As much as she's shared here,
    Tons of info about her journey is still absent from the public

    And her story is only one of countless stories

    Prayfully you come out of this very fulfilled Ms Katelyn Ohashi

  • Reply Deidara Iwa September 1, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Katelyn Ohashi i don't know you.. But i love you somehow…..???

  • Reply For Fun September 1, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    How is that not child abuse?

  • Reply denis ripeanu September 1, 2019 at 11:40 pm


  • Reply Milxzy September 2, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Fat shaming!!?….

    Hold my Cheerio.

  • Reply Charles Killen September 2, 2019 at 2:13 am

    She is one sexy sexy after the injury … it is impossible to be over weight, and do what she does.

  • Reply Miss Meggy September 2, 2019 at 3:16 am

    It’s not fat, it’s muscle

  • Reply Mitsagi -chan Love! September 2, 2019 at 10:05 am

    What's wrong with being fat…?….. That hurts… You know..? If you are fat, thin, etc. There are still more things you can do and Fat America is calling this goddess of gymnastics "fat" ughhhhh

  • Reply Roman Klijn September 2, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    It’s a beats add, huh?

  • Reply Aem Kei September 3, 2019 at 12:57 am

    She is in a such good shape…if this is „fat“, everyone is it

  • Reply Hannah Olson September 3, 2019 at 3:47 am

    AND I OOP SKSKSK (im not a vsco girl xD)

  • Reply Queen Zeë September 3, 2019 at 6:01 am

    I love her so much…she has a perfect body and everything thank god she came back

  • Reply Gracie P. September 3, 2019 at 10:07 am

    This woman inspires such joy in people watching her. It’s contagious. My heart lifts and my eyes tear up every time. This isn’t small for me. I have pretty serious depression and very little can get me to smile, but I don’t even realize I’m doing it when watching Katelin. She has such a gift for connecting with her audience. I wish I could tell her this. I hope that she knows now how deep her ability to move people runs. She says she wants to bring joy to those watching. If she can elicit a response like this from me, I can only imagine how she affects other people. This beautiful bird not only flies, she’s taken thousands of others with her as they watch.

  • Reply Gracie P. September 3, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Venus and Serena Williams have long been held up as icons of female athletic beauty.
    Their muscular bodies are lauded as strong and powerful, inspirational, and rightly so. Yet this beautiful young woman is fat? What??? Noooo no no. Something is very wrong here. Thank you for speaking out, Katelyn. You are absolutely beautiful, and you are an inspiration.

  • Reply Cyber Chou Ali September 3, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Well wat is an athlete if they dont have the amount of fats on their body

  • Reply Talia Miller September 3, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    She is amazing to me everyone is amazing I still love her till this day I watch this everyday

  • Reply Carlos Ponce-Guzman September 3, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    I like how she stopped giving a shit about the meaningless and petty things that people would say about her and started to focus on what she loved and eventually learned how to love herself.

    Btw she’s fucking gorgeous ?

  • Reply epi pi September 3, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    The coach looking like Kris Jenner.

  • Reply Gacha Sierra September 3, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    She still the best to me?

  • Reply Loretta Posey September 3, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    This is why my husband and I decided not to put our daughter into gymnastics, we've heard how they treated the kids by not letting them be kids and just have fun. Plus we've heard that men were allowed to be in the same room as the girls as they were getting undressed

  • Reply Luzimar Costa Brito September 3, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Esta menina tem uma agilidade incrível. Parabéns muitas vitórias. Você merece.

  • Reply Denise Sachs September 4, 2019 at 1:39 am

    So happy for you. God is awesome, He brought you to a place where you found peace. You are a great athlete and a beautiful young woman. You put on a wonderful show, with your great enthusiasm. I am sure you are a mentor to alot of young girls.

  • Reply 《Anna Chan》 September 4, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Imagine being the best gymnastic in the world, having a dream body and getting called fat

  • Reply Hla Htoo September 4, 2019 at 2:51 am

    Those thighs tho

  • Reply Shinsuke Nakamura September 4, 2019 at 3:15 am

    Y'all clearly don't understand gymnast weight avg.

  • Reply Kamala Mclaurin September 4, 2019 at 5:16 am

    This video help me understand to love and Except myself if I am big small short tall

  • Reply Hero Kawasaki September 4, 2019 at 11:38 am

    I think she's beautiful !

  • Reply Mind Your Business September 4, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Eeewww she is fat and ugly look at those thighs and ass!!!!!!!

  • Reply Kali Ann September 4, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    This video has me SOBBING

  • Reply lournie laplante September 4, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Marucs and luces mom omg

  • Reply José Luis Murguía Morón September 5, 2019 at 11:31 am


  • Reply Missy Marie September 5, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    She’s such a beautiful young women…she actually just gets more and more beautiful, probably because she looks so happy now- accepting who she is and not throwing unnecessary limits on herself all for something she should be enjoying.
    I don’t know how much skinnier they want her to have been- she flies around like a flippin bird as it is. If she were any lighter, she could possibly fly out a window?

  • Reply Grit Media September 5, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    If she’s fat that im a pregnant walrus

  • Reply gymnastics forever September 5, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    we will still love her even if she if fat

  • Reply Clara Johnson September 5, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    I saw a movie that you NEED to watch yes. you NEED to watch it its called Raise the bars.. i thought?.. i will edit it when i remember it but that movie is about UCLA and its incredible

  • Reply Brian Phillips September 6, 2019 at 1:52 am

    So sad I believe she would have done great in the Olympics

  • Reply Cynthia Washington September 6, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Katelyn ohashi you're one of the best gymnast in the world in spite of what everybody thinks people can clearly see that you're an overcomer you have a great support team. You are incredible person to have fantastic personality and I commend you all smiles while your resilience or your ability in that break under pressure I'm for staying up for who you are your number one to me and a lot more of the people congratulations number one UCLA number one team congratulations God bless you always and you are an inspiration to a lot of little girls all over the world in a lot of people in general sports you're so competitive you so professional broadcast we thank God for your ability how to overcome injury hey just remember Miss Katelyn ohashi you never have to answer to what people call you you only have to answer to God and he's in control and he said that you are a number 1 winner congratulations Superstar

  • Reply Black Walnut September 6, 2019 at 7:03 am

    You can use those skills for more than gold medals??

  • Reply J Mid September 6, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Her body is so beautiful Look at those legs mussels!! People are just jealous.

  • Reply i Schotty September 6, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    She is the sweetest person

  • Reply Sydney Grenkow September 6, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Lol, what a shitty title, and are you kidding me, people are calling her fat!?!

  • Reply James Volk September 7, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Fu*k all that nonsense! She's deliciously thicc ?

  • Reply Stacey Conway September 7, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Ahm wait but isn’t she like 6 stone ?!!

  • Reply Morgan McClelland September 7, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    I wish I looked like that I’m a twig u can see my hip bone

  • Reply Javi Merlin September 7, 2019 at 8:51 pm


  • Reply nicole .3. September 7, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    she isn’t big or fat she’s just someone who has some good, beautiful thighs. <3

    is no one gonna talk about how she competed w gabby douglas? ?

  • Reply Liz Sark September 8, 2019 at 12:13 am

    You are beautiful katlyn and listen to your heart. No one else matters but you

  • Reply Love Felix September 8, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Her body is #goals … Nice curves plus #flexible… I could only wish… #Wow … Girl you look good and your body is amazing!

  • Reply Cameron Lawson September 8, 2019 at 7:14 am

    You know, I watch this video and I am apalled by people who would fat shame her. I think her athleticism is ridiculous, off the chain, beautiful. I’m built like her and I know what it’s like to have people say mean things to girls that have muscles. I think she is awesome

  • Reply Lisa Lundberg September 8, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Finally watching this after being in my recomended for like year. (:

  • Reply Avery Wood September 8, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Gets a 10.00 on floor

  • Reply Steefoonieee September 9, 2019 at 1:08 am

    that’s why you should be careful of what you say online they could really affect people. give encouragement as much as possible it really helps

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  • Reply Amelie Rough September 9, 2019 at 7:13 am

    She’s not ‘big’ she’s got muscle…

  • Reply Ellie Daly September 9, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    At least she doesn't need plastic surgery she's thicc??

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