The sad reason why viral gymnast, Katelyn Ohashi, isn't on the USA Olympic team 1 month ago

The sad reason why viral gymnast, Katelyn Ohashi, isn't on the USA Olympic team

She's incredible.

If you have been online this week, then you'll know who Katelyn Ohashi is.

She's an exceptional gymnast who went viral with a sensational routine she performed on Saturday night.

The energy, skill and vibrancy of 21-year-old Katelyn Ohashi's floor routine was nothing short of perfection and indeed was labelled more deserving than a score of ten.

So, why the hell isn't she on the US Olympic team?

Katelyn revealed that the sport was simply too much for her physically, mentally and emotionally.

We get it.

She told the Lenny Letter:

"By 2012, I probably had like three stress reactions in my back. Two stress fractures in my fibula. My back is permanently messed up. I've had two shoulder surgeries."

She also reflected on what life is like as a young athlete:

"I'm used to waking up to the taste of blood or iron in my mouth, as if I might almost throw up from being so hungry."

The 21-year-old added that the sport is "abusive" and "restricting".

20x20 is an ambitious two-year long initiative to better promote and champion women in sport.

With the tagline of "if she can't see it, she can't be it," the 20x20 movement has three targets to reach by 2020:

  • 20 percent more media coverage of women in sport
  • 20 percent more female participation
  • 20 percent more attendance at women’s competitions and events

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