When 10 is just not a high enough score.

By |2019-01-13T12:29:40+00:00January 13th, 2019|Categories: Gryphen's Corner|Tags: , |13 Comments

I taught gymnastics for several years and watched more than my share of floor routines, and I have to say that this may be the best one I have ever seen.

Not only is this young lady a great athlete but she is also a talented performer. 

And the pure joy she demonstrates makes the whole thing a joy to watch. 

If they ever start giving out 11’s and 12’s my money is on her to earn the very first ones. 

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13 Comments

  1. anonymous January 13, 2019 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    I don’t diss her talent, for she is very talented. But her outfit and occasionally outright suggestive moves ruin her performance for me. I guess my age is showing. At this rate in a few years female gymnasts will be wearing thongs and color matched glitter on their butts

    • Gryphen January 13, 2019 at 3:02 pm - Reply

      You saw that as sexual?

      Well maybe it’s my age, but I did not at all.

      I saw it as carefree and joyful.

      And since I know how hard those skills are that made it all that much more impressive.

    • Beaglemom January 14, 2019 at 3:43 am - Reply

      I agree with you, Anon at 2:19pm, especially with regard to the costume. All her teammates had the same costume. Would they wear them to the Olympics?

  2. Anonymous January 13, 2019 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    That was excellent. Pure strength and control. OWWWWWW that split landing. Owwwww.

  3. josh wilson January 13, 2019 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    wow, that was some explosive power

  4. AKSandhills January 13, 2019 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    I thought she did an amazing performance. It was creative, joyful to watch and I loved her dance moves. Although so much of gymnastics involves hard athletic training, the skill and expressive qualities she exhibited in her performance is something you just have and she clearly has it in spades.

  5. mike from iowa January 14, 2019 at 4:25 am - Reply

    Gawdalmighty, the minute that girl smiled I tore both rotator cuffs and needed back surgery. Ask her not to smile again. Just kidding.

  6. Anonymous in Chicago January 14, 2019 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    I loved how all of her teammates on the sidelines were mimicking some of her moves as if they were enjoying her routine as much as she was. Her talents made me smile.

  7. Jono January 16, 2019 at 7:45 am - Reply

    Wow! I don’t see anything sexual at all, but damn she is powerful! Her strength, grace, balance and flexibility are incredible! Flawless!

  8. Open Minded January 17, 2019 at 1:21 am - Reply

    The hip isolations are the main problem with sexual suggestiveness. Male athletes do not perform hip isolations. There’s a reason for that.

    Female hips have evolved to arouse and accommodate sexual desire and childbirth. Any rhythmic pelvic movement accentuates these attributes, and is inherently feminine and alluring in nature.

    The athlete’s routine could have been effectively performed without the hip isolations and the accompanying saucy gestures. For some reason, they were included in the choreography. Terribly sexist, and it’s reflected by those who say they see nothing “sexual” in the video. I think they would experience some cognitive dissonance if they watched a male perform the same routine.

  9. Anonymous in Chicago January 17, 2019 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Katelyn Ohashi was on Good Morning America today and at the end of her interview, she briefly discussed how she’s been body-shamed. She wrote a poem entitled “Self-Hatred Goodbyes”. For any woman who has suffered from negative body issues, you’ll be able to relate to her poem, which you can see at this link:

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/katelyn-ohashi-poem-body-shaming_us_5c408836e4b027c3bbbebc8a

  10. Anonymous January 19, 2019 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    What amazes me is she was able to come back from some serious injuries and perform what is an indisputable perfect floor exercise.

  11. gammyjill January 20, 2019 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    I’ve watched the routine several times and thoroughly enjoyed it. And I can tell how much Katelyn enjoyed performing it and teammates enjoyed watching it. But I truly think the costume she wore and some of the hip movements she made detracted a bit from her performance. She’s an amazing athlete, but I wish the gorgeous athletic movements had been more in the forefront. She could have been equally as joyous without all the suggestive moves.

    Before I’m lambasted for being a prude, I have to say I’m not. And since the rest of the team were wearing the same outfits with the high cut legs, it’s obviously not a problem for UCLA. So I suppose it won’t be a problem for me.

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