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UCLA gymnast's stunning floor routine goes viral: 'A 10 isn't enough'


Executing a quick body roll with a giant smile plastered across her face, it was clear that the 21-year-old UCLA gymnast was in her element, as she kicked off her high-energy floor routine with a massive tumbling pass that ended in a flawlessly stuck landing.


In the course of about one minute and 30 seconds, Ohashi stunned the crowd, coaches, teammates and judges, earning a perfect score for an electrifying performance full of gravity-defying flips, killer dance moves and a healthy dose of sassy confidence that has since gone viral with many heralding it as one of the best floor routines they have ever seen.


But perhaps the most notable feature of Ohashi's routine was the sheer joy she exuded, which starkly contrasted the revelations she made this August about her decision to step back from her Olympic dreams several years ago after the sport left her "broken."


Coming into this year's season, UCLA Coach Valorie Kondos Field told the Los Angeles Times that the big question was, "How're we gonna top that?"


The UCLA senior even earned praise from Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., the Atlantic's Jemele Hill and Rolling Stone's Jamil Smith, who all shared the video of her routine on Twitter.


Ohashi went on to describe the intense pressure she faced competing at the elite level - fans telling her "she wasn't good enough," constantly stressing about what she ate and being compared to "a bird that couldn't fly."






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