It's been a long road for Ohashi, who has had multiple surgeries and battled with eating disorders in in the past. She finally made the decision to walk away from elite gymnastics and focus on a collegiate route.
She shared her thoughts in an Instagram post saying:
"College gymnastics is the reward we receive after years of abuse. it's the time of discovery, healing, learning, growing, and having the time of our lives"
Now it seems she is back and better than ever, loving what she is doing.
A 🔟 isn't enough for this floor routine by @katelyn_ohashi. 🔥 https://t.co/pqUzl7AlUA— UCLA Gymnastics (@UCLA Gymnastics)1547358276.0
This isn't the first time the spirit of Jackson has inspired the athlete. Last year she wowed with this routine.
Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi performs incredible Michael Jackson routine www.youtube.com
People can't seem to get enough of this phenomenal woman.
@uclagymnastics @helenenothelen @katelyn_ohashi The power drop into the splits bounce up at the end is mind bending… https://t.co/v0zXUjy3dJ— JamesHRH (@JamesHRH)1547360809.0
@uclagymnastics @katelyn_ohashi The amount of fun @katelyn_ohashi appears to be having and how relaxed she looks is… https://t.co/l6BJCypgGh— Matthew Crisp (@Matthew Crisp)1547389788.0
@uclagymnastics @katelyn_ohashi No. It is not. 🔥 Holy Moly that final landing. Ouch.— Valerie Bertinelli (@Valerie Bertinelli)1547409609.0
@uclagymnastics @katelyn_ohashi THIS BIT?!?!?!?!!?! HOW?!?!?!?!! MAGIC!!??!??!?! https://t.co/JeyW9QJ153— bourgeois little prude (@bourgeois little prude)1547415217.0
@uclagymnastics @katelyn_ohashi My thoughts: 1. Ouch 2. Wow 3. Ouch x2 4. I love that her team knows the whole rout… https://t.co/I7XlHtDnBp— Lauren Weber (@Lauren Weber)1547408312.0
Some couldn't help but compare themselves.
@KarenKilgariff I run out of breath walking up a flight of stairs— honeybadger sunbeam (@honeybadger sunbeam)1547404752.0
@KarenKilgariff Omg...then cut to me weighing the effort of getting off of the couch against just embracing incontinence.— BlueStateGirl (@BlueStateGirl)1547404587.0
@KarenKilgariff Not taking credit or her success but I did briefly attend UCLA.— Laurie Kilmartin (@Laurie Kilmartin)1547411435.0
@KarenKilgariff Ppfffft... That's me in the morning, when the bathroom floor is ice cold.— David Hindberg (@David Hindberg)1547401630.0
@KarenKilgariff I can’t even see my feet...— Josh Bailey (@Josh Bailey)1547407407.0
@uclagymnastics @katelyn_ohashi What’s the big deal? This is how I get out of bed Every. Single. Morning. ...in… https://t.co/gLa98KpQeC— 🌸Stephanie #UTLAStrong Jordan🌸 (@🌸Stephanie #UTLAStrong Jordan🌸)1547417003.0
We can all dream can't we?