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UCLA Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi on Being Body Shamed

The UCLA Gymnast Whose Floor Routine Went Viral Was Once Shamed For Her Curves

Before UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi moonwalked into our collective hearts with a Michael Jackson-inspired floor routine — and stunned again on Jan. 12, earning a perfect 10 during her team's season opener against Cal — she was an Olympic hopeful, competing with the likes of Simone Biles, whom she defeated at the 2013 American Cup.

But the sport wasn't always kind to Katelyn, who, after a series of injuries, chose to step down from the elite level and enroll in college. "No one ever fully knew what I was going through," Katelyn said in a Players' Tribune video last year, recounting her decision to leave that scene behind. "I was told that it was embarrassing how big I had become. I was compared to a bird that couldn't fly." She credits her coach Valorie Kondos Field and UCLA teammates for helping her find her joy and love for gymnastics again.

As a Bruin, Katelyn has scored six career perfect 10s and helped to elevate her team to both a Pac-12 and NCAA championship in 2018. Watch her inspiring journey above.

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