Transcript for Gymnast reacts to viral floor routine, body shaming
Now what you have been waiting for, our "Gma" cover story. The UCLA game national whose floor routine scored a perfect ten with judges and the internet bringing joy to everyone who watched of the please welcome Katelyn Ohashi and her legendary coach Valorie Kondos field. Your feet don't even reach the ground. The joy, the joy. Were you having as much fun as we were watching you. Oh, my gosh, every time I get on the floor that's always been my favorite part of gymnastics and being there with my team and my coach and being able to see them dancing with me and it just feels like home. What is it like for you, miss Val, I mean, you are a legendary coaches a warrior, a fellow thriver as you are working with a talent like Katelyn. Absolutely blessed. And it's been such a thrill to be a part of her journey and to see her come in as a freshman and not really have a direction and now to see the woman that she's grown into but still be able to maintain that joy is such a gift to all of us. Did you know like -- because whenever I'm watching that first landing, it's like once I stick that first one is there a little relief there. Uh-huh. When you watch it as it will be billions of people will is when you watch the face and all that she's having fun and then as soon as she starts to tumble you see this go, focus. It's like small but mighty right here. Is that how it is for you? Locked in. Yeah. Because I know obviously I'm doing a lot of hard passes, so right before I'm like, okay, like let me have as much fun as I can and I know I have to get dialed in before I go and that first pass was the first time I competed. And it's -- What? It's ridiculously hard. Like I don't know another female gymnast in the country that does it in the world that does it. We have to resubmit it because it wasn't in the code of points. You just are breaking records and just doing your own thing. She is. Tell us about -- we've heard your story about the shoulder injuries, the back injuries and things like that. And you said it was even more than that. At one point you felt broken and wanted to walk away. Yeah, so when I was 12 years old I was on the national team and I was there for four years and, you know, it wasn't the same as it was when I was a little kid and you couldn't get me out of the gym and so when I was told right after my first and last senior debut elite competition at American cup, I was told that I might not ever do gymnastics again and so it was almost like this weight was lifted off of me but then at the same time I realized that that's the only thing I knew how to do. So it was like -- it was taken away from me at the same time. You have talked about and I can't wait. I'll have you read one of your poems. She is a poet and she knows it. She's a poet. Does so many things. As great as it is as the internet is and social media and a lot of the praise that you receive, you also had people that were body shaming you and you said this is something that you've dealt with since a young age. Yeah, probably since I was 14, you know. In the gym outside of the gym on the internet, so it's something that you can never really escape. And as a 14-year-old it's kind of hard to cope with because you're still developing as a person and so everything really impacts you. It had to be something for you, miss Val, here you have this phenomenal athlete. She comes to you and the joy has left her and you have -- what's the book you wrote? Thank you. It's called "Life is short, don't wait to dance." Don't wait to dance. That's true. You make a point as a phenomenal coach off the mat you do not talk about gymnastic. No, in fact, her freshman year, this is one of my all-time favorite story, her freshman year she comes to us and halfway through our competition season she says, I just don't want to be great again. I don't want to be great again. Nope. And when we delved into it she just said when I was great, there was nothing joyful about it. I wasn't happy. So why would I want to go back there so at that point I knew I had to earn her trust and I've always believed that you coach the person before the athlete and I feel just like parenting, athletes have to have safe spaces and so I don't talk to them about gymnastics outside of the gym. They have to know I care about them first as a person. And so many athletes -- thank you for that. So many athletes, a true student athlete, you are a well-rounded person. You're a poet. You're able to express yourself. Rean excerpt from one of your poems. What is it entitled. This is called "Self-hatred good-byes." I've been consumed with the thought that bigger is synonymous to less than that only those people with the right perfect bodies have the right to stand, but here today I stand with a love that penetrates deeper than any wedding band. Because I am my own size and no words judgmental stares will make me compromise for the bittersweet satisfaction that lays within my eyes and my thighs, I finally got my cake and ate it too for my old self cries and today my self-hatred says its good-byes. Can I? You once again stuck the landing. You stuck the landing with that as well. Thank you. I'm so glad that you got your joy back and that you're sharing it with others and miss Val, bless your heart for what you do with these young female athletes. What is the last move you do? What do you always end with? Oh.
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