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    Champion student gymnast Katelyn Ohashi from the University of California has become a viral sensation, leaving netizens in awe with her backflips, landing in the splits along with smooth dance moves.

    Katelyn Ohashi, from the NCAA champion UCLA gymnastics team, entered the national spotlight after her squad shared a video of her joyful performance. Her routine at the recent Under Armor’s 2019 Collegiate Challenge has gained over 31 million views, thousands of likes and comments, mesmerizing netizens with its excellence and passion.

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    In the video, Ohashi makes three backflips, bounces playfully and then lands in a split to a mix of the Jacksons’ hits — Michael’s “I Want You Back”, and Janet’s “Rhythm Nation”.

    ​The routine received numerous shout-outs online, including from high-profile users, like California Senator Kamala Harris and New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who used the clip to make a political point.

    Some thought it was beyond human abilities.

    ​The landing in a split looked painful, according to some.

    ​Some reminisced about her earlier performance, with which she rocked the US in 2018.

    Others paid tribute to her teammates, following her every move.

    ​Her coach congratulated Ohashi with a special celebratory routine.


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