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

  • Published: 08 August 2018
  • UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi talks about why she decided to quit the elite gymnastics circuit in order to go to college. The 2018 NCAA gymnastics champ shares her struggles with injuries, self image issues, and happiness while competing full-time. Ohashi talks about the influence her coach, UCLA's Miss Val, has had on her rediscovering her love for the sport.

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Comments • 9 197

  • Kederen
    Kederen  19 minutes back

    That's not big. That's called normal. AND IT'S PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE.

    • Bryant Duong
      Bryant Duong  6 hours back

      lol its not about how she looks, the team had a weight limit, she didnt reach it lol simple

      • melissa randazzo
        melissa randazzo  7 hours back

        I would love her body,

        • Who Knows
          Who Knows  8 hours back

          Is that Miss Val as in Full Out?

          • dumptonpark
            dumptonpark  8 hours back

            Katelyn will be the best coach in the world.

            • Deborah Field
              Deborah Field  20 hours back

              She is phenomenal

              • kounzy
                kounzy  21 hours back

                Theres a difference between "fat" and thiiiicc

                • Xgachalife_moonwolfX
                  Xgachalife_moonwolfX  22 hours back

                  I cried dang

                  • JULIO ROSENBERG
                    JULIO ROSENBERG  23 hours back

                    Katelyn you are one of my Favorite HERO'S! You are Built Beautiful young lady. Don't let the HATERS bring you DOWN! Most women wish they had a Build like yours!!

                    • NO NAME
                      NO NAME  1 days back

                      She looks like a grown Liltay..

                      • sheila thompson
                        sheila thompson  1 days back

                        she is like ariana berlin.

                        • Nightwolf9220
                          Nightwolf9220  1 days back

                          what? her body is amazing what an amazing athlete

                          • Craig Wheeless
                            Craig Wheeless  1 days back

                            Beautiful story. Success shouldn’t cost your self esteem and happiness. I’m so happy for Katelyn and for the great example she is for young girls and young boys. Contrast her story to that of World Champion Russian gymnast, Elena Mukhina. Unfortunately, Elena had no parents to help keep her grounded. But in the Soviet system it may not have made a difference (?) because the State is more important than self.

                            • pachma
                              pachma  2 days back

                              Do all other gymnasts have an easy path through life?

                              • Minxxi 99
                                Minxxi 99  2 days back

                                This is so inspiring..

                                • Rana Saeed
                                  Rana Saeed  2 days back

                                  SHES SO PRETTY!!

                                  • Albesa Maliqi
                                    Albesa Maliqi  2 days back

                                    Sometimes when you start An career You start by loving it But it never end how it start.
                                    She worked so hard so she deserve it.
                                    People were only jealous But your awesomeness Because no 1 in this world is perfect but I feel that uou are 1 of a kind.

                                    • Rae
                                      Rae  3 days back

                                      Do people not realize that a gymnast is literally mostly all muscle????

                                      • Manny Perez
                                        Manny Perez  3 days back

                                        Damn she's just perfect

                                        • MrAckers75
                                          MrAckers75  3 days back

                                          Was never the best gymnast in the world!

                                          • Eduardo M
                                            Eduardo M  3 days back

                                            Big??? Big buttiieeeee may be but no otherwise

                                            • Neysa Obrien
                                              Neysa Obrien  3 days back

                                              I lost 3 years of my childhood committing to a gymnastics team that I went to 18 hours a week when I was 8 to 11... I quit and prefer dance now. It was not worth it. The sacrifices were not worth it . I’m glad I quit

                                              • Princess Magat
                                                Princess Magat  4 days back

                                                If she's fat what the hell do you call me the meg? She is so oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo curvy and my dream boddyyyy

                                                • kate tordilla
                                                  kate tordilla  4 days back


                                                  • Jon Yen
                                                    Jon Yen  4 days back

                                                    Gymnasts are badass athletes.

                                                    • Kenzy Playz
                                                      Kenzy Playz  4 days back

                                                      I’m only 8 years old and I watched this with no emotion am I ok?!?

                                                      • Amhariah Zoe Miole
                                                        Amhariah Zoe Miole  4 days back

                                                        If shes FAT then WHAT AM I

                                                        WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE TO JUDGE

                                                        • Raw LAHiabetes
                                                          Raw LAHiabetes  5 days back

                                                          Idk how they legally allow these little 6 yrs old compete in such a serious sport. There whole childhood stuck only doing one thing. Workout, practice, repeat

                                                          • N_tella
                                                            N_tella  5 days back

                                                            Bro they're just mad that she has beautiful curves and she should embrace it not be made fun of for it.

                                                            • Ceciilia Preziose
                                                              Ceciilia Preziose  5 days back

                                                              so she didn't have any parents to school her feelings and that this is just a game. gymnastics is not the all...........guess not

                                                              • Aikaichu
                                                                Aikaichu  5 days back

                                                                She Isn’t Fat.. It’s Muscular In Her Body And She’s hella stronG

                                                                • Geronimo
                                                                  Geronimo  5 days back

                                                                  Never seen anyone as great as Katelyn

                                                                  • Midas Touch
                                                                    Midas Touch  6 days back

                                                                    That’s not fat... that’s grown woman weight 🙄🙄🙄 you baaaaaaaaaad shorty on God.

                                                                    • Stride
                                                                      Stride  6 days back

                                                                      FUCKING RESPECT

                                                                      • SGT Rosie
                                                                        SGT Rosie  6 days back

                                                                        She loves the sport. Nothing else matters and it shows.

                                                                        • iamplay
                                                                          iamplay  6 days back

                                                                          i always tell myself when i watch these women ...my god their knees their back all those hard impacts

                                                                          it surely is a tuff sport they all gonna suffer later in life from joints problem

                                                                          but they are truly amazing to watch, like superhuman

                                                                          • natural nyla 38
                                                                            natural nyla 38  6 days back

                                                                            Val UCLA ummmm anyone else seen the movie full out???????

                                                                            • Jaqueline Mendes
                                                                              Jaqueline Mendes  6 days back


                                                                              • Jeanna Lund
                                                                                Jeanna Lund  6 days back

                                                                                She ain't fat

                                                                                • XO IYA XO
                                                                                  XO IYA XO  7 days back

                                                                                  She’s nowhere near fat she has a natural curvy body and most women do😴

                                                                                  • Tricia Higgins
                                                                                    Tricia Higgins  7 days back

                                                                                    if she was compared to a flightless bird then Im a peanut. a literal. peanut.

                                                                                    • ghaias sema n
                                                                                      ghaias sema n  7 days back

                                                                                      All the respect for this beautiful champion

                                                                                      • speedofpee
                                                                                        speedofpee  7 days back

                                                                                        Let's be honest, the way Simone was competing by the time of Worlds that year and Kyla's steadiness, Katelyn was never undefeatable. But also, eff you Marta eff you Valerie

                                                                                        • afifa bushra
                                                                                          afifa bushra  1 weeks back

                                                                                          If they are calling her fat then who am I a elephant which is bigger then this world 😂😂😂 😂😂😅😅🤣🤣

                                                                                          • Ernest Pena
                                                                                            Ernest Pena  1 weeks back

                                                                                            Get the fuck lost. Who needs you. Nobody.

                                                                                            • Schirra Lawrence
                                                                                              Schirra Lawrence  1 weeks back

                                                                                              Well we all kno who owns that title now,,,,,,,, Go MISS BILES!!!!!!

                                                                                              • Ronnie Patton
                                                                                                Ronnie Patton  1 weeks back

                                                                                                This girl is badass...better than Biles at the time. Asian skaters and gymnasts lack bone density. Once their back fractures a little, they are done. Naomi Nari Nam, same thing.

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