Gymnast: Katelyn Ohashi
Recommended by: Megan Pomeroy
Who is she?
Katelyn is a 15-year-old who was born on April 12, 1997, in Seattle, Washington, who flipped onto the junior stage with enormous difficulty and lovely, clean execution. At 4’6”, this little firecracker is one we all should watch for!
Where does she train and with whom?
Katelyn currently trains at WOGA Gymnastics, home of former world and Olympic champions and medalists such as Nastia Liukin, Carly Patterson, Rebecca Bross, and Ivana Hong (Ivana moved to WOGA after the Beijing Games) Her head coach is Valeri Liukin, a former Soviet Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast.
Does she have much competitive experience?
Katelyn has lots of competitive experience. Katelyn’s first elite meet was the 2010 CoverGirl Classic, and since then has performed exceptionally well. Perhaps her most notable competition was the 2011 Visa Championships, where she racked up all-around, beam, bars, and floor titles.
What makes her an exciting prospect?
As Valeri Liukin says, there is no limit for this girl. She has a lot of potential and already has massive difficulty. On beam, her start value with the 2009-2012 code is was a 6.9- that’s higher than most gymnasts in the world. She has a lot of potential on this event and already has some impressive skills, including an Arabian, and a very exciting handspring handspring full twist. McKayla should be impressed with this gal!
When do you think we will get to see her in competition next?
We will definitely see her soon- she most likely will be competing at the WOGA classic, and again at the US Classic and at the National Championships. Katelyn will be a senior very soon, and I am VERY excited to see how she will fare on the senior stage with her other junior-coming-senior friends. I wonder if she’ll have any new, daring upgrades?
What are you hoping she will develop in the coming years?
I hope that with time, she will become one of the best all-around gymnasts we have ever seen. She has so much potential, she could’ve become 2012 Olympic beam champion. She did have some falls this season and trouble on vault, but as she adds more experience and training, she can shine.
What routine of hers should we watch?
Balance beam is Katelyn’s standout- watch those outrageous skills! This video is from the 2012 WOGA Classic- look at that dismount!
What else do we need to know about her?
Katelyn has nice lines and a stunning toe point. She can be used on beam, floor, and bars for a team and bring in great scores, and assuming she gets her DTY back, on vault. Her only weaknesses are (as of 2012 Visas) vault and consistency. If she is able to avoid burnout, maybe even without any upgrades, this girl can sparkle.
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