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Gymnast: Katelyn Ohashi


Katelyn Ohashi

Katelyn Ohashi

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Katelyn Ohashi was the 2011 US junior national champion and the 2013 American Cup champion.

An Outstanding Junior Gymnast:

Ohashi racked up a long list of accomplishments in her junior career. She dominated the 2011 US nationals, winning the bars, beam, and floor -- and besting future 2012 Olympian Kyla Ross in the all-around. Ohashi picked up two more national titles on bars in 2010 and 2012 as well.

She also won five golds (team, all-around, bars, beam, and floor) at the 2012 Pacific Rim Championships, an international meet where she was clearly the top junior competing.

Entering the Senior Ranks:

Because of her long list of junior accolades, Ohashi is expected to be one of the new stars for the US team as a senior. Ohashi competed in her senior debut at the 2013 American Cup in March, winning the all-around and beam, and placing second on vault and bars. She is a contender for the 2013 national all-around title, and could be a potential member of the US team at worlds in October 2013.

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Cool Skills:

Ohashi has one of the most difficult beam routines in the world -- even scoring above 16.0 on it at the 2011 US nationals. (For reference, although scoring is not necessarily consistent from meet to meet, Chinese gymnast Deng Linlin won the 2012 Olympic beam title with a 15.6).

Ohashi has competed a standing Arabian to back handspring (at :22) a and a piked full-in dismount. She performs with clean form as well, making her crazy-hard skills all the more impressive.

On bars she has done an el-grip endo to a very high Jaeger (at :38) and a tucked double-double dismount.

Ohashi has tumbled a back 1.5 to immediate front double full (at :43) and piked full-in (at 1:27) and vaulted a Yurchenko double full.

Personal Info:

Katelyn Michelle Ohashi was born April 12, 1997 in Seattle, Wash., to Richard and Diana Ohashi. She has three older brothers named Ryan, Kyle, and Kalen.

Ohashi trains at WOGA in Plano, Tex. and is coached by Valeri Liukin (coach and father of 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin).

Gymnastics Results:

    2013 American Cup, Worcester, Mass. - 1st-AA; 1st-BB; 2nd-V (tie), UB; 3rd-FX
  • 2012 City of Jesolo Trophy, Jesolo, Italy - 1st-Team, UB, BB (Jr. Div.)
  • 2012 Kellogg's Pacific Rim Championships, Everett, Wash. - 1st-Team, AA, UB, BB, FX (Jr. Div.)
  • 2011 City of Jesolo Trophy, Jesolo, Italy - 1st-Team, FX; 2nd-UB(T); 3rd-AA; 4th-BB(T); 5th-VT (Jr. Div.)
  • 2010 Bumpo Cup, Pretoria, South Africa - 1st-AA, VT, FX; 2nd-UB, BB (Jr. Div.)
  • 2012 Visa Championships, St. Louis, Mo. - 1st-UB, 2nd-BB, FX; 5th-AA (Jr. Div.)
  • 2012 Secret U.S. Classic, Chicago, Ill. - 1st-UB; 8th-BB (Jr. Div.)
  • 2011 Visa Championships, Saint Paul, Minn. - 1st-AA, UB, BB, FX; 4th-VT (Jr. Div.)
  • 2011 CoverGirl Classic, Chicago, Ill. - 1st-UB(T); 2nd-BB; 3rd-AA; 5th-VT(T) (Jr. Div.)
  • 2010 Visa Championships, Hartford, Conn. - 1st-UB; 2nd-AA; 4th-FX(T); 5th-BB; 7th-VT (Jr. Div.)
  • 2010 CoverGirl Classic, Chicago, Ill. - 2nd-AA, FX; 2nd-UB, BB; 8th-VT(T) (Jr. Div.)
  • 2009 Visa Championships, Dallas, Texas - 2nd-FX; 6th-BB; 10th-AA (Jr. Div.)
  • 2009 CoverGirl Classic, Des Moines, Iowa - 4th-FX; 5th-BB(T); 9th-AA (Jr. Div.)
  • 2009 Women's Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championships, Puyallup, Wash. - 1st-FX; 2nd-UB(T); 4th-AA; 7th-VT(T) (Jr. A)

Other Top American Gymnasts:
Jordyn Wieber
McKayla Maroney
Kyla Ross
Gabby Douglas
Sarah Finnegan

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