– [Commentator] And
this is Katelyn Ohashi, impressive to say the least. – [Ohashi] There was a time where I was on top of the world, an Olympic hopeful. – Simone Biles. – She will not be the American Cup champion. – Katelyn Ohashi wins it. – [Ohashi] I was unbeatable. Until I wasn’t. – [Coach] Good arms, tight body. – I want to do bars there. Too high? Please. This girl’s joy is just being present. She just keeps going and going like nothing’s stopping her. Living day by day and
enjoying every second of it. Flipping and flipping
and even at a young age, even when she didn’t have gymnastics, she was still in the gym. Gymnastics was her world. – Katelyn Ohashi of WOGA on floor exercise. – [Ohashi] That girl that
you would think had it all, all these medals in her room, podiums she’s standing on, she thought she had nothing. – Well here’s young Katelyn Ohashi. – Double-pike dismount here. – Pretty solid routine. – Yeah, still going to get a very good score, but she
can be actually much better. – [Ohashi] Fans would tell her
that she wasn’t good enough. She didn’t look a certain way. She wanted to eat junk food
and feel O.K. the next day and not have to worry
about getting kicked out because she couldn’t make a scale. Then constantly exercising after a meal just to feel good enough to go to bed. She was on this path of
almost invincibility. And then her back just gave out. She wanted to experience what it was like to be a kid again. – Katelyn, smile. – [Ohashi] I was broken. No one ever fully knew
what I was going through. And I never really could say or publicize what was wrong with me. I was happy to be injured. I was told that it was
embarrassing how big I’d become. I was compared to a
bird that couldn’t fly. These are 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. Gymnastics was my worth. It was my life. I hated myself. It took me finding Miss Val and UCLA and having a different
goal and path to follow to finally find joy and
love within the sport again. – What is that? – Togetherness. – [Miss Val] This is what?
Togetherness, the bond, the fibers of the trampoline.
This is Bruin family, right? And what happens with Bruin family? We trust each other, right? It’s about trust. It’s about enthusiasm. It’s about passion for everything we do. It’s about the fact that
we’re all very unique, and we all bring different
things to this fiber, right? – I look up to my coach so much. My Mom wasn’t exactly happy when I quit elite gymnastics and
wanted to go to college. Miss Val asked her why she had
like a change in her heart, and she said, “I see how
happy my daughter is.” – [Coach] No ducky. – And that’s all it took to really … to feel like a person again. – [Supporters] Let’s go Kate. – Get it, Kate! – [Ohashi] I think gymnastics
can be a very brutal sport, but I don’t think it’s
supposed to be a brutal sport. I just hope that in 10, 20 years there will be people leaving the sport feeling untouched by it. At the end of the day I think, this should’ve been my path. I haven’t been able to feel this type of happiness in a long time. I found my joy, my voice, myself, and
my love for the sport. It’s not the outcome. It’s not me standing on
a podium with medals. It’s me being able to walk
out with a smile on my face and truly being like happy with myself, and that comes first.

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100 thoughts on “Katelyn Ohashi Was the Best Gymnast in the World, Until She Wasn’t | The Players’ Tribune

  • August 12, 2019 at 6:40 am
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    She pretty and beautiful nothing shall hold her back she can follow her dream no matter what and she's good at gymnastics

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  • August 12, 2019 at 9:48 am
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    Soooo did she also have Nasser & sexual abuse?

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  • August 12, 2019 at 9:59 am
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    Well dont give up katelyn

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  • August 12, 2019 at 10:15 am
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    I left gymnastics purely because of its toxic circle. There's a lot of pressure and judgement by everybody including yourself and I hated every minute of it. I've witnessed way more respect and ingenuity in sports such as wrestling or boxing who do not hope you mess up so they get the medal. Imo gymnastics itself is one of the most majestic things to watch and the best thing you can do for health and happiness, but it attracts very vain and malicious people

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  • August 12, 2019 at 10:43 am
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    Muscle weighs more than fat!

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  • August 12, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    truly heart touching, keep griding girl

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  • August 12, 2019 at 1:05 pm
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    🤜🤛

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  • August 12, 2019 at 2:16 pm
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    whats her @ doe?👀

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  • August 12, 2019 at 4:49 pm
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    All these feel good comments are nice and all, but the reality is in such sports you really can't have any extra weight on you, because you will seriously injure yourself. You can see the same things in things like figure skating, the tall ones, or the ones with disproportionate bodies really struggle with those jumps more than others. I mean I'd argue even modern gymnasts are too muscular and lack grace compared to the older generations, I mean yes those women before had terrible living situations but in terms of the sport, it lacks one of the things that made it beautiful, imo. But regardless, I would't say Simone Biles has a skinny body type, she's very muscular, this girl does have extra weight on the thighs, that doesn't mean she should feel bad but thats just the reality, and extra weight will hinder the body more in the end, if she had continued.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    She had my math teacher from last year!😂 we watched her routine in class

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  • August 12, 2019 at 6:11 pm
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    I highly doubt that shit coach could do a 10th in his prime the stuff Kaitlyn can do. That split jump and raise up is awesome to see. He who can't do, judge what they know they could never do. She's a powerhouse

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  • August 12, 2019 at 7:02 pm
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    I dont get it she was a champion but got injured which I suppose hampered her game so she ate cheetos and went to college and is happy because theres less pressure so its a hakuna mutata story???

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  • August 12, 2019 at 9:43 pm
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    Ridiculous Title

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  • August 12, 2019 at 10:19 pm
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    Where is she fat?seriously she's not. She should stop listening to soc media if that's the case. Just shut it off.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 12:10 am
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    Little girls look up to YOU so much.

    And they should.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 2:03 am
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    🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄
    She was undergoing pressure from her mom wanting her to do gymnastics. But her body gave out! But instead let’s say people called me fat (Even though I’m no where near fat). It’ll work because people have a soft spot for body shaming and bullying. 🙄🙄 Yeah, that sounds good.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 2:29 am
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    She’s perfect

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  • August 13, 2019 at 4:49 am
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    This young lady is not big, this is crazy, whoever is calling her big needs to get their attitude adjusted.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    People: she’s fat
    Me: WATCH YO BACK DUDE SHE MAH FAVORITE GYMNAST GRABS GUCCI FLIP FLOP
    People: ….

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  • August 13, 2019 at 9:47 am
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    Katelyn you ARE beautiful no matter weight looking at these videos your a soaring brave eagle so fly high gorgeous

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  • August 13, 2019 at 11:14 am
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    She soo Fine! But the world is crazy… they like them anorexic looking women showing bones.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 11:54 am
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    What Am I If They Call That Fat And Plus She Aint Fat She Thicc

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  • August 13, 2019 at 12:06 pm
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    I didnt have to watch this documentary snip or even know her name to feel her story. Powerful change

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  • August 13, 2019 at 12:09 pm
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    And no she is not fat they just wanna see people self propel themselves at remarkable speed and stay as firm as a Barbie doll

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  • August 13, 2019 at 2:22 pm
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    It’s sad how much you guys are hating on this girl. She is insecure so she’s a little jealous that someone more chubby is winning and I can understand that. It doesn’t make it right, but don’t hate on her so much.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 3:25 pm
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    I think she’s beautiful.
    Amazingly hot 🔥.
    And great at what she does.
    That’s a perfect woman to me.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    I’m so happy for you. Finding confidence in yourself again. You are amazing.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 5:15 pm
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    If she is fat, then my stomach is the sun.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 7:26 pm
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    She used to be the best gymnast in the world until she wasn't

    I was 12 until I turned 13

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  • August 14, 2019 at 12:10 am
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    don't feel bad. Your awsome

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  • August 14, 2019 at 2:27 am
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    Ive been in competive cheer since i could walk and when you do conditioning it gives you muscle mass, i know this from experience. She a perfect amount of fitness and skinniness, she a has a perfect body and yall calling her fat must be as thin as a twig.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 2:34 am
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    Watching this and reading the comments makes me glad that I don't do a sport that requires me to be "thinner."
    I love food to much. Also, this video makes me really sad.😢

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  • August 14, 2019 at 2:42 am
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    I enjoy her dancing and having fun

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  • August 14, 2019 at 3:25 am
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    Being fat is okay,you get abilities that No one can do except yourself,so being is beautiful thing to have and you get to be more confident

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  • August 14, 2019 at 4:02 am
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    Yo if she’s “fat” what am I? A freaking bean bag or what?

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  • August 14, 2019 at 7:49 am
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    She was the best until she wasn’t

    I was 200 pounds

    And I still am 😂😂😂

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  • August 14, 2019 at 8:08 am
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    It's a shame that the best gymnasist don't come from a open national competition that collegiant and others can compete.because she can beat ANYONE on the elite level hands down

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  • August 14, 2019 at 8:12 am
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    ojalá no le pase lo como a Nadia Comaneci

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  • August 14, 2019 at 8:50 am
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    Wow I saw a video of her on trending seven months ago..didn't know it was her ..her SMILE and her THICKNESS is what I noticed

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  • August 14, 2019 at 11:00 am
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    Her moment of saying she hopes in the future others can leave the sport feeling 'untouched' by it…I understand her meaning however I think at elite levels if you want to push human limits it's impossible to not be 'touched' by the sport. There definitely should be less shame based practices. Ex to win gold you have to keep your physique and skills up and that may mean being a certain weight. That doesn't mean shame the gymnast if they can't or don't want th to make that weight. Perhaps a more healthy sport is where more athletes accept their limitations vs push and hurt themselves for 'nothing' (never get to the Olympics or medal) when instead of pushing for a fantasy, the athlete and their support teams say 'hey, you aren't one in a million, a gold medal Olympian.' There is 'virtue' in pushing to extremes because sometimes it pays off but I think more athletes and their teams know the truth & could save themselves (and others by improving the culture) by stepping back & putting health first.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 4:35 pm
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    Please help Kashmiris genocide by indian brutality , as their freedom being snatched , killed , looted , internet shut , no media allowed , please raise the voice for innocent people freedom if you live the humanity.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 4:54 pm
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    Fuck shes beautiful

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  • August 14, 2019 at 6:38 pm
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    Katelyn, You were a very good gymnast, but that's not all you are….You're a heart, Thank you for being amazing <3

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  • August 14, 2019 at 6:54 pm
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    You are beautiful the way you are and you will still be great as you are

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  • August 14, 2019 at 8:24 pm
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    Bully wish they where you I look u to and dream to be a gymnast like you

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  • August 14, 2019 at 8:56 pm
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    Those haters probably can’t even do a handstand or even stand on a beam😂😂

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  • August 14, 2019 at 9:02 pm
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    She still is the best gymnast

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  • August 14, 2019 at 10:19 pm
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    Someone will eventually be better than Simone. It happens. Life goes on. New champions arise. It's okay.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 1:12 am
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    It is amazing when couch potatoes and internet warriors make fun of an athlete. This girl has done more in her life than her critics could do in a dozen life times.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 2:57 am
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    She's 👏 not 👏 fat 👏 she's👏 curvy 👏 and 👏 beautiful 👏 Get it

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:19 am
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    Her energy and Joy in it all is what is greatest.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:47 am
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    I think she’s got the perfect body to be honest! She looks great!👍✨❤️

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  • August 15, 2019 at 6:48 am
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    This is very emotional

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  • August 15, 2019 at 11:53 am
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    She's fucken hot I don't know what the fuck she was thinking. People hate her😂

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  • August 15, 2019 at 12:07 pm
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    Come distruggere la migliore al mondo…. Se lei è grassa…. Mah

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  • August 15, 2019 at 2:57 pm
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    You are great girl go your my idol

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  • August 15, 2019 at 2:58 pm
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    Your like me I’m gust not in the olympicks

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  • August 15, 2019 at 3:02 pm
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    She isn’t fat…people that are fat are probably just telling her she is to make them feel better.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 3:48 pm
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    She isn’t fat that’s all muscle

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:16 pm
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    How do you ever call her big she is beautiful they worked her til she had no more they threw her away that's not fair she scrapped whatever off her plate to those people and just so they can treat her like that but she returned and better than ever

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:35 pm
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    I'd much rather have Ohashi than stomach bile.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:56 pm
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    How the fuck is she fat!? The camera is in slow motion ffs, of course you’re going to see every muscle or whatever bit if fat she has jiggle. That doesn’t mean she’s fat. She’s still an elite athlete competing at a level that the majority of girls never even reach! Fuckin stupid lol

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  • August 15, 2019 at 6:11 pm
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    She’s not fat most definitely not she got curves 👀

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  • August 15, 2019 at 9:19 pm
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    I see a movie coming soon on this story

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  • August 15, 2019 at 9:44 pm
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    Fat? She's barely touching the thick category. Americans just so used to these plastic surgery having chicks that the standard for normal women has become unrealistic.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 1:57 am
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    Fat? From where? She’s THICCCCC and people just mad about it 😴

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  • August 16, 2019 at 2:50 am
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    You are AMAZING, you did what was best for you and that’s way more valuable than any medal or title. Good for you 👍👏🏻👍💕

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  • August 16, 2019 at 4:14 am
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    She’s not fat sure she may have big thighs but she got that booty and in general she’s actually really skinny like she doesn’t have to be skinny I din tundertsand the world your either too skinny or too fat like what the fuck what are u perfect and we’re not

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  • August 16, 2019 at 4:26 am
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    She sounds like a TODDLER, throwing a fit!….Hating the whole world and the sports of gymnastics because she was "unhappy" with herself! Give me a freaking break!!🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ Sports come with DISCIPLINE and SACRIFICES! If you are not ready for the challenge, don't even bother!!
    "Ms. poor me!," just needs to GROW UP!!

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  • August 16, 2019 at 5:23 am
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    Pleeease tell me she's giving brothas a chance 🙏

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  • August 16, 2019 at 5:33 am
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    not only is she not fat, having a little more weight than before doesn’t seem to have hurt her abilities. i mean if she can perform through a broken back and two injured shoulders i’m pretty sure she can handle being a healthy weight

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  • August 16, 2019 at 7:36 am
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    0:41–0:43 look at that beautiful little ball of power go! It's incredible! She's so tiny

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  • August 16, 2019 at 7:42 am
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    Honestly your not big YOUR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN I HAVE EVER STEEN IN MY LIFE! I would love to take you out to dinner and just get to know everything about you 🌹n just see where it would go

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  • August 16, 2019 at 10:56 am
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    how the hell is it a fan if they hate on you?

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  • August 16, 2019 at 11:06 am
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    So if Katelyn ohashi never stopped then Simone biles wouldn’t be top woman gymnast

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  • August 16, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    Until she never was…lol

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  • August 16, 2019 at 4:17 pm
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    She acts like it’s all over like girl no it ain’t

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  • August 16, 2019 at 7:37 pm
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    Women are so jealous LMAO. No guy would call her fat lolol

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  • August 16, 2019 at 8:16 pm
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    I was a competitive gymnast for 5 years, and I would struggle wearing a leotard sometimes because I thought my thighs were too thick. I still struggle with my body to this day even though I don’t do gymnastics anymore. I thought I was too big when I weighed 120 pounds as someone that is 5’6” seeing some of the other girls in your sport that are tiny and skinny can take a toll. I participate in tennis and track now, and I’m starting to see that I am strong and beautiful

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  • August 16, 2019 at 9:09 pm
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    If she’s considered fat, then I’d be super morbidly obese…. what a cruel way of treating others. Love and light to all who need it. 💜💫

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  • August 16, 2019 at 10:26 pm
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    She's awesome

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  • August 16, 2019 at 11:26 pm
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    It’s a difference between a stick and a coke bottle

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  • August 16, 2019 at 11:49 pm
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    Girl you know how many girls would kill for ya body! Your NOT fat your thicck hun!!!

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  • August 17, 2019 at 12:29 am
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    People don’t understand some people have muscular thighs most gymnasts have big thighs and it’s all muscles

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  • August 17, 2019 at 1:39 am
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    she's beautiful she is the number 1 in my book

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  • August 17, 2019 at 3:20 am
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    There is a movie about her its called "full out"

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  • August 17, 2019 at 5:06 am
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    Whatever they’re doing at UCLA is incredible their gymnasts look incredibly healthy and happy and they are all killing the competitions!

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  • August 17, 2019 at 5:55 am
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    She is still famous to me why would they talk all this stuff about her when they aren’t even perfect. No ones perfect but that doesn’t mean people should make people feel that they should be

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  • August 17, 2019 at 7:15 am
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    bruh she’s not fat like her thighs are muscle because of how much they train their legs in gymnastics

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  • August 17, 2019 at 2:43 pm
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    Pause at 5:50 – 5:51

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  • August 17, 2019 at 2:50 pm
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    Wtf, She didn’t receive half the backlash Black Gymnasts received.
    But I hear her tho

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  • August 17, 2019 at 2:58 pm
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    I would have loved to see her in the Olympics and compete with or against simone I think she might of been great competition for her with her amazing technic and her just sheer power, but I'm so glad she is happy with where she is now and how successful she js

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  • August 17, 2019 at 3:34 pm
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    Nice nice buuuttieeee!!! Now I get why that dude was hitting the usa gymnastics team. 😂😂😂😂😂

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  • August 17, 2019 at 4:11 pm
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    Really girl you have it all and I will always look up to be because you never and never will give up and you should promise me that xx💘

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  • August 17, 2019 at 4:32 pm
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    Wow that’s sad ! Imagine looking fit & still getting called fat 😭

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  • August 17, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    Her cheeks are the cutest

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  • August 17, 2019 at 5:04 pm
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    She became a woman, women have hips and breasts. I thought she looked good but I remember the shame I felt when I started to become a woman. We need to learn how to celebrate womanhood instead of being shamed.

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  • August 17, 2019 at 5:21 pm
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    I learned long ago. Most critics & haters. Are the lowest losers, sit back watchers & never tryers*, under achievers. That ever existed.

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  • August 17, 2019 at 6:15 pm
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    She’s not even thick. Her thighs are small. America is so fucked up lol

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  • August 17, 2019 at 6:51 pm
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    She’s not fat, she’s muscular

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