The Seattle native is usually stopped on the street by folks wanting photos, however the “excellent 10 woman’s” sudden fame has had it downsides.
Whereas the positivity and vitality that shone by in her efficiency as she danced to Beyoncé and Tina Turner resulted in glowing reward from everywhere in the world, Ohashi was additionally subjected to plenty of physique shaming feedback on social media.
“I really feel like, a number of instances, I’ve felt alone after I was going by all these items,” Ohashi advised CNN Sport’s Patrick Snell.
“Social media portrays one facet of an individual that they do not thoughts you seeing, however the different components are hidden and never so overtly talked about.
“And so being that individual that welcomes each individual that does not really feel ‘regular’ — or no matter which means proper — with open arms and make them really feel like they don’t seem to be the one folks. As a result of, belief me, everybody’s going by their very own issues.”
A voice for good
“I might undoubtedly say I’m conscious, as a result of I obtain messages and it is so heartwarming to listen to folks reaching out — like, ‘I have been in a position to take away my bandages,’ or ‘I associated a lot to your weblog submit’ and issues like that,” stated Ohashi.
“Having the ability to assist folks is what I attempt for. They at all times say, ‘these 15 minutes of fame,’ proper? I’ve managed to elongate my time from one gymnastics video, which is basically wonderful to see.
“And persevering with to unfold this optimistic message to different those that is likely to be struggling or want to listen to precisely what I have been by.”
Ohashi turned concerned with gymnastics as a three-year-old, and by the age of 4, she was in a position to do a again handspring.
However her journey to the place she is now — she scored six excellent 10s within the 2018/19 season — has been something however simple.
On the age of 15 and on the perceived peak of her powers, Ohashi was beating the likes of Simone Biles — now essentially the most adorned gymnast of all time — on the way in which to successful the American Cup.
However as a result of stress and quantity of coaching she was placing herself by, Ohashi knew she was injured and the ache she was battling by restricted any pleasure she obtained from successful.
After present process scans, she found she had been competing with a fractured again and two torn shoulders and, going towards the recommendation of the then-national medical coordinator for USA Gymnastics, Larry Nassar, Ohashi had surgical procedure on the accidents.
After her surgical procedure there was no assure Ohashi would have the ability to take part in gymnastics in any respect, not to mention competitively. However after only a 12 months out and acknowledging that her physique couldn’t deal with elite gymnastics, she joined the UCLA Bruins gymnastics staff and fell in love with the game once more.
Surgical procedure is not the one impediment Ohashi has needed to come overcome.
Because of the strenuous calls for positioned on them by gymnastics, Ohashi and a few of her fellow gymnasts had been pushed to consuming problems.
“Each time we might go to a celebration the place there was a number of meals, we might really feel so dangerous about consuming that we might go to the lavatory and throw up with out realizing that is an consuming dysfunction.”
Her honesty has struck a chord and Ohashi now usually receives messages of assist from her followers due to the optimistic physique picture vitality she exudes.
“I obtained the honour of talking on the telephone with to a woman,” Ohashi remembers. “Simply final week, I used to be on FaceTime, and she or he’s gone by a number of comparable accidents that I did.
“And to let her know from an early age that you do not have to be validated by your rating or one factor that you simply do — you are a human being, and there is a lot that we have now to supply the world.
“She reached out, and she or he was similar to, ‘it helped me a lot, and it made me so joyful to listen to you say that you simply had been happy with me.’ That was one other factor that was heartwarming to listen to.”
Given the Nassar sexual assault scandal, Ohashi says gymnastics can evolve and develop from the darkish cloud that has been hanging over the game.
“I feel a number of it got here from ignoring the athletes’ voices. So, you may see that the repercussions occurred at enormous extremes,” she stated.
“Sadly, it needed to get to this to be able to rebuild. However I feel we’re attempting to get on the correct path, hopefully, of listening to the athletes and having open communication between athletes and coaches, coaches and oldsters, and oldsters and athletes, as a result of that is so essential.
“Actually taking the time to determine who they need to symbolize everybody, in like a checks and steadiness system nearly, as a result of it is extremely straightforward for folks in excessive energy to reap the benefits of that and abuse their energy.
“But when we’re on the identical web page and perceive how essential the athlete voices — which you can begin seeing — everybody’s type of been on the identical web page of overtly talking out on points.”