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A Conversation with All-American Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi

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As part of MHA’s 2019 Annual Conference, MHA is thrilled to be partnering with The Players’ Tribune – a MHA 2018 Media Award recipient – to bring you All-American gymnast Katelyn Ohashi as our closing luncheon speaker on June 15th from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Katelyn will join MHA on stage to discuss her personal journey of physical and mental health challenges, her perspective on body shaming within the sports community, and how she wants to use her platform moving forward to shine a light on mental health. Katelyn spoke about some of her struggles in a recent video produced by The Players’ Tribune, a media company that provides athletes with a platform to connect directly with their fans, in their own words.

Attendees will also have a chance to meet Katelyn after the lunch concludes during a Meet and Greet session.

This event includes lunch.

Best known for tumbling into the perfect drop split, and bouncing back up with the look of sheer joy on her face, Katelyn Ohashi practically broke the internet with her viral floor routine this past January that earned multiple 10.0 scores, and got people talking about something other than abuse, in the gymnastics space.

The UCLA gymnast is no stranger to winning. As an eight-time All-American and a four-time member of USA Gymnastics’ Junior National Team, the 2011 junior national champion was the winner of the 2013 American Cup, defeating Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles to clinch the title. But it wasn’t until she became a Bruin, under the tutelage of Coach Valorie Kondos Field (aka Miss Val), that she truly learned to enjoy the sport and release the pressures and injustices she had endured from her early elite years of competition.

Born in Seattle, Washington, Katelyn and her family moved to Kansas City, Missouri when she was 9-years-old. She was an avid gymnast and at just 12 years old made her debut on the national gymnastics scene, at the 2009 Junior Olympic National Championships. Later that year, she and her family moved to Plano, Texas, where Katelyn continued to compete throughout her years at Spring Creek Academy, and up until her graduation from Plano Senior High School in 2015.

At UCLA, Ohashi majored in Gender Studies and became very involved with homeless shelters, even spearheading a fundraiser for Bruin Shelter, a student-run shelter for homeless students at the university. In addition to writing poetry on body shaming and empowerment, participating in speaking opportunities and volunteering time with Project Heal, a non-profit focused on recovery from eating disorders, she invested countless hours in the gym and was rewarded with 11 career perfect 10s (9 on floor, 2 on beam), recognition as Pac-12 Specialist of the Year (in 2018 and 2019), and became Co-Champion on floor in 2018 from the NCAA and Pac-12 as well as 2019 Pac-12 Co-Champion on floor and beam. Ranking No. 1 in the nation on floor, and No. 2 on beam, Ohashi took first place on her first seven routines of her senior year season and was largely responsible for delivering sell-out crowds at Pauley Pavilion.

Katelyn will be graduating from UCLA the same week as MHA’s Annual Conference, and we are excited to have her join us on stage to talk about her journey, her future after gymnastics, and why she wants to dedicate herself to talking publicly about mental health.

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MHA's 2019 Annual Conference Dueling Diagnoses: Mental Health and Chronic Conditions in Children and Adults is held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. This venue is ADA accessible but don't hesitate to ask about specific accommodations.

For more information, visit our conference home page.

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