For the last couple of weeks, America has been trying to figure out what its 2019 energy should be. Suggestions have been plentiful and varied:
Katelyn Ohashi's Gymnastics Routine is the Energy We Need in 2019
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But over the weekend, 21-year-old UCLA gymnast, Katelyn Ohashi, finally provided us with the definitive answer of how we should all be approaching the next 12 months. Competing at the Collegiate Challenge, Ohashi beamed, bounded, bounced and damn near broke the internet with a routine so joyful, so energetic and so close to superhuman-strength, it made everything feel right with the world.
Ohashi was awarded a perfect 10 for the routine because, well... just take a look:
Her energy was so infectious, some of the most prominent voices in the country were inspired.
The routine was made all the more impactful by the fact that Ohashi has previously battled a fractured back, two torn shoulders, and the pressure that comes with having one's body size critiqued daily. Last summer, in a video for the Player's Tribune, Ohashi admitted: "I was broken… I was told that it was embarrassing how big I’d become. I was compared to a bird that couldn’t fly. These were all things I heard before I’d even got injured, things that when I was skinny, I was told. So what would they think of me when I had become big? I couldn’t accept myself.”
The fact that Ohashi didn't merely recover from all that, but actually came back stronger and happier? That's got 2019 Goals written all over it.