why we love Katelyn Ohashi

Gutsy move for the gymnast ranked #1 on Floor. A new routine.

She’s dropped Michael Jackson music and choreography.

espnW: Did the outcry towards Michael Jackson after the release of “Leaving Neverland” factor into your decision?

Ohashi: Honestly, in the back of my mind it did, because of the platform that I have. The goal of my routine is pure joy, and after the documentary, not everyone was feeling that way, and you can never discredit someone’s feelings. So yes, it was in the back of my mind because my main goal is to find as much joy as possible in this routine. …

espnW: I know you added Beyonce in here as well — was it intentional to feature all female artists?

Ohashi: It was indeed deliberate. …

espnW: What do you hope fans take away, or remember, from this routine? And from your amazing collegiate career?

Ohashi: I hope they can remember how I speak openly about a lot of the issues that are close to my heart. I think I have a passionate heart about women’s empowerment, and I am very compassionate towards people who have spoken out. And I hope that by changing my routine, I can be remembered for being more than a gymnast. It’s about understanding issues and having a bigger platform than just the sport.

espnW.com – How UCLA’s Katelyn Ohashi’s spectacular routine came to be

Click PLAY or watch it on Twitter.

dancing for Miss Val

How do you honour everything Valorie Kondos Field has done for UCLA?

Dance flash mob on Senior night!

Click PLAY or watch it on Twitter.

To remember her into the future, the FLOOR in Pauley will have her name on it. … I like it.

Click PLAY or watch it on Twitter.

Breakdance to the Olympics?

Controversial.

Should Breakdance be introduced at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games?

Click PLAY or watch some reaction to the 2018 Youth Olympics announcement on YouTube.

Dvora Meyers – Can Breaking Become An Olympic Sport And Still Keep Its Soul? (2018)

Of course the Olympics have bigger problems. For one, they have to find a way to cut hosting costs.

Brisbane’s 2032 Olympic Games bid will require billions of dollars, feasibility study reveals

Paris McGee can dance

The former Ohio State gymnast emulated some of the top WAG routines in 2016.

Click PLAY or watch Simone’s Floor on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch Laurie’s on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch Gabby’s on Instagram.

Watch a 2018 interview during Paris’ final season following ACL surgery.

related – Men’s Gymnastics Better With Music, And This Guy Proves It (2006)