Katelyn Ohashi, 21, a senior at UCLA, performed the funky routine to a medley of hits at the Collegiate Challenge in Anaheim.
The UCLA senior, who was an internet sensation previous year for her Jackson-inspired performance, danced this time to the King of Pop's "The Way You Make Me Feel", The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" and Earth, Wind and Fire's "September".
The audience erupted in cheers at the end of Ohashi's minute-and-a-half routine, which earned her a ideal 10 from the judges. She spent months brainstorming with Coach Valorie Kondos Field and others to come up with the ideal combination of music, dance moves and, of course, unique tumbling passes, and she didn't even make the final tweaks until days before the Bruins' opening meet on January 4. But it was when Ohashi launched into the air, landing in an eye-watering splits position that her teammates went into raptures. The junior went from one event to three during the course of last season, and in 2019 has competed all-around, with bars as her standout event. She's had some ups and downs throughout her career but she's been at the top of her game for the past several months. "It's me being able to walk out with a smile on my face and truly being happy with myself", she concluded.
Her coach congratulated Ohashi with a special celebratory routine.
Before Katelyn scored her flawless 10, with her teammates cheering and dancing on the sidelines, she'd recently opened up about how burnout led her to walk away from a path to the Olympics. The power moves in modern floor routines are ridiculous'.
Katelyn's team mates congratulate her after her routine. "I was unbeatable, until I wasn't". When she finally made the decision to retire from elite gymnastics with the hopes of becoming a college athlete, she had been competing with a fractured back and two torn shoulders.
Training took its toll on Ohashi, however.