Katelyn Ohashi, Her Reaction To Her Perfect 10 Viral Video!
A Dose of Inspiration To Get Your Day Going.
By Diane Cubitt, Associate & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International
We recently shared a video of Katelyn Ohashi's perfect ten-floor routine which went viral in a matter of days. Here she is again, this time in an interview on Good Morning America, with her coach, Valorie Kondos Field, Miss Val.
She shares how, at the age of 14, while still growing as a young woman, she had to deal with criticism about her weight and how this affected her and her love for gymnastics. She went on to join UCLA's gymnastics team, under the guidance and mentorship of her coach, Miss Val, who helped her to recapture that love she had when she was a child.
Miss Val shares how she gets the best from her girls, by treating them as people and not just as gymnasts. How she focuses on the person first to get the best out of them and on their abilities as a gymnast second.
As she says: "I have always believed, that you coach the person before the athlete, it's just like parenting. Gymnasts have to have safe spaces, that is why I don't talk to them about gymnastics outside the gym, they have to know I care about them first as a person."
Miss Val is an inspiring mentor and coach, and you can see the love and admiration she has for her girls.
Miss Ohashi is also a poet and shares a very powerful one that she wrote. You can't help but feel pride for this young gymnast, someone who has shown great courage and is able to show her love and passion for it in her routines.
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Has been an emotional journey and one that hasn’t ended yet. It is one that I am taking with the help of Lighthouse International and a great mentor. He has helped me to see who I really am and what I want to do with my life and what I want to give back. One of my ambitions is to be able to use this experience and my journey and help others find their way. When looking at what the future holds and what is waiting for me, it is scary, but then I think of what I have already achieved. I know that I can do anything I put my mind to. One of my favourite quotes is, If you can Dream it, you can believe it, You can achieve it.