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

– [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.

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

  1. The whole being "too big" thing is sad, this happened to the Mexican Gymnastics girl. Her people called her peppa pig.

  2. She was never fat. No one should ever think that in themselves. Overall, everyone’s themselves, and being yourself you made one person, one person in this world smile each day. You may not know it, but..by being yourself you can make people..overcome so many things, and maybe Kate just needed that. Kate was never fat. But I know that after awhile, Kate found her happiness. Her clarity. Her joy. Her future by still doing the tipping she was meant to do. And that. Was gymnastics.

  3. She is not fat she is normal looking like most college gymnast, she is tiny actually. Elite gymnast have to do something abnormal to look so prepubescent in their teens and even 20’s.

  4. She's so not fat it's all muscle there's nothing wrong with her body her body is perfect

  5. It reminds me a movie ….its exactly the same

  6. No you are not fat. Be confident dont worry about it. Yur beautiful and I wish I had a body like u babe

  7. I don't get it. she is beautiful and incredibly talented. NOT FAT! Wow, dang people can be incredibly critical. They need to get up there and subject themselves to that kind of mental and physical discipline. You go girl!

  8. Don’t Kristen to what they say u do u it doesn’t matter what other people think

  9. Am a fan you are 👌🏻👏🏻🤙🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻😻😻😻👸🏻👸🏻👸🏻👸🏻👸🏻👸🏻👸🏻👸🏻👸🏻👸🏻🤸🏻‍♂️🤸🏻‍♂️🤸🏻‍♂️🤸🏻‍♂️🤸🏻‍♂️🥇🥇🥇🥇🏅🏅🏅🎖🎖🎖🏆🏆🏆🏆🎗🎗

  10. She's still a great athlete. She and Simone Biles can take turns OWNING this sport……as long as people don't harass and nitpick them to death.

  11. I'm so tired of these whiny little bitches. Shes so fucking beautiful and shes not happy? If she lost one pound she would be too skinny. The other girls are just jealous because she has beautiful legs and a nice ass…

  12. As I have always said; Life is just like a ladder…. Always somebody above us.

  13. I’m so happy you found your path. It took a lot of courage to make a change like that. I think this video will help a lot of people! ❤️

  14. Ok first she's not fat shes thick anyone making fun of her is jealous of her being thick and there not

  15. She's got the thighs and booty all us girls want. Toned belly and a thick booty. Far from fat.

  16. It's not an unusual occurrence , she is still an impressive figure in history! Bless her!


  18. But she not even big tho she look mad good ion kno wat ppl be talkin bout they be trippin

  19. She’s gorgeous actually.. when she hurt her back. So bring on “fat”.

  20. You look healthy and strong to me, Katlyn. More Gymnast need to look like you.🙋🏾‍♀️🙋🏾‍♀️👍🏾👍🏾

  21. That's what I call a true athlete. She does what she loves, not for money, not for recognition, but purely because she enjoys her passion 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  22. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️Ms Ohashi♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️stay positive♥️♥️♥️♥️pull your strength from GOD♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️you are a beautiful young woman♥️♥️♥️set apart♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️one of GOD'S♥️♥️♥️chosen♥️♥️♥️in Jesus mighty name know your special♥️Amen Amen Amen

  23. Her at ten doing back springs and Ariel’s me at ten trying to balance the light

  24. Grew up as a dancer, understand the fat criticism
    You have to be anorexic or be fat shamed
    Great talent and thanks for sharing your story

  25. Great story, and your not a baby bird anymore you are a curvaceous hot Phoenix so fly woman fly!!!!

  26. Her body is thick & sexy af. Trust me, NO men were complaining, the only ones giving her shit were fucking jealous bitches.

  27. I got to meet Katelyn at a gymnastics camp over the summer!!!! She’s really nice and she isn’t fat whatsoever

  28. Muy lindo mirar esas chicas espetacular son increibles las felisito me encanta bendiciones mil para todas ellas

  29. She may have gotten a little chub on her legs since she hasn’t really been doing the big jump which has kept her legs flexing but her after that’s completely natural even skinny girls have that I would die for a body like hers

  30. She’s a top athlete I can’t believe she was body shamed she’s pure muscle and strength. People are so clueless and don’t know skill or talent if it slapped them in the face

  31. I would love to get a look at these pigs calling this girl fat – they should wish they could be built like her. This really makes me laugh. So many obese people in America and she's fat? Ha Ha Ha!!!

  32. If people compare her to a bird how can’t fly than let’s see what they got 😮

  33. I think if u have waight on you then you can land better being to thin I think will hurt your bones when u fall or don't land right being thin isn't always best for the body !!!!

  34. It’s so funny how everyone rallies around Whites, Latinas, and Asians when they are criticized but be all supportive of trolls harassing African American athletes like Serena Williams. This chick was never the best gymnast in the world, she just stopped working out and her gymnastics caught up to her cellulite

  35. This is terrible. My thighs have always brought down my self esteem and in such a competitive world like gymnastics, I have no idea how hard it must be.

  36. 100% guaranteed the only people talking shit were fellow women. Women are so mean when it comes to body image and confidence.

  37. Never had an appreciation for that "fat" part until after following the sport for a while. Yes, flabby fat is a huge deal breaker in the sport, for sure. Yet, she's still as good as the best.
    Me thinks she was just a victim of expectation run-amoc.

  38. Honestly I feel like her sometimes I. I notice that my legs are too big for were bigger than my older sister. We are 5 years apart and she is 15e

  39. Pretty much, in a summary….fuck what people say. You do you. If she is fat I am a whale 😂😂😂

  40. UCLA is training their gymnasts amazingly! Katelyn isn’t fat. The coaches at the college teach their gymnasts so well. For example, Peng Peng Lee and Katelyn. They’re amazing gymnast. One day I kinda want to go to UCLA😅

  41. She was broken??? Naw. I'm broken. Finna broke my meat up in her cakes got damn she THICKA THAN A SNICKA

  42. Imma be named childish after this but

    DAT BOOTY DOE 🍑🍑🍑😍😍😍

  43. She’s not even close to being big, she’s so skinny through the whole video

  44. She ain't fat, she's thicc with that beautiful butt, girl do what makes yu happy and that's it.

  45. Wow….awe inspiring! It was hard to hear her talk about when she was skinny, and when she got….big. I look at these powerful girls grow into powerful young women, and to watch their toughness, which they seem to take in stride, I’d never believe they’d have a bad self image, and go running into the arms of anorexia and bulimia. I’m really happy for Katelyn and wish her all the best!

  46. I hate when skinny people that know they are skinny try to say they are fat that is making fun of fat people

  47. This girl isn't fat AT ALL, she is athletic and powerful. Do you see the dynamism in those legs and ass when she bounces? If she was a man she would be Jonah Lomu. TBH she doesn't look like she has a broken back or any health issues. Maybe I'm just a man but when I'm injured the one thing I don't have is flexibility and bounce

  48. There's a difference between being thick and fat and the fact of the matter is that she's thick and that's okay

  49. That’s why I had to become an anorexic to pass my selection exam at college. That dance competition was my life. I ended up winning the competition but let’s just say that after that I didn’t feel like myself again.

  50. She looks absolutely a lot better with the natural curves that defines the feminine beauty. The look required for the elite gymnastic circle, it's awful, I'm not surprised that she's a lot more happy now that she's a lot more attractive & healthy.

  51. Im a gymnast and i hurt my back idk whats wrong but i cant do anything right now this hit me hard

  52. Society is so judgmental with social media now days everyone gets pressured to be more not to yourself or for yourself but to everyone else and that is what destroys the soul the essence of ourselves

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