Katelyn Ohashi on how Simone Biles’ Gold Over America changed the game

Katelyn Ohashi on how Simone Biles’ Gold Over America changed the game

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Katelyn Ohashi on how Simone Biles’ Gold Over America changed the game

By Christy Sandmaier

For Katelyn Ohashi, having the chance to perform on Simone Biles’ Athleta Presents Gold Over America Tour in 2021 was everything. “It’s such a blessing,” she said when we spoke seated on the floor during a behind-the-scenes look at the Duluth, GA performance on October 26. “I missed performing so, so much. Being back out here after two years is crazy. In LA, I was talking to some of the Gold Squad girls and they flew 16 hours from Israel to see this show. To hear that, gives you a new perspective every day of why we do this. All of the outreach that has been happening because of this show and the messaging, is just really special.”

The emotions came in waves every single night for Ohashi, whose own journey in the sport has been well-documented through the years, and when her Mom attended, the extra emotion was definitely there, she said. Her perspective on her journey is, in so many ways, exactly the message the Gold Over America Tour delivers so well.

“For one, no one’s success looks the same and no one’s path looks the same,” Ohashi said, noting she is so grateful to Biles and to director Mark Swanhart for bringing this tour together. “For so long, everyone only cared about the number one spot, whereas it’s starting to shift in gymnastics and becoming a bigger sport where it’s not just about the Olympics anymore. For girls to come in and feel like they can still have success without going to the Olympics, without winning a gold medal, without feeling the pressures that everyone places on them, I think, is amazing. We have so many people that enjoy the sport, but how many get to the top? It’s important for them to see us out here having fun with gymnastics. I hope everyone can take away something, because this show is about creating your own story.”

Her favorite moment in the show was “Smile” because of its high energy and interaction with the crowd. And she especially loved being able to incorporate her own poetry into the show.

Biles herself is clearly the star, of course, but her generosity throughout the show was apparent, and Ohashi felt that at every turn. Each athlete was showcased at her best, on her terms, and in her own moment. It reinforced that success is completely personal and goes well beyond medals.

It’s a sentiment Ohashi has carried with her since the chalk settled on the 2021 run and one she’s so inspired to feel again in 2024.

“I’m so excited,” she told us last week. “I feel like Simone changed the game when she helped create this tour in terms of giving gymnasts opportunities all over. And I know this [tour] was kind of technically supposed to be mainly Olympians, but I’m still so blessed to be able to be a part of this tour again and experience the new set of girls that are coming in, and hang out with everyone again! Before 2021, [the tours were] only Olympians. And I know that Simone wanted to bring on the best of the best in 2021. It created this, I feel, tangible goal for girls all over, athletes all over, to not just reach for that top one percent, but to become collegiate superstars, to become their own person, and really celebrate each unique self.

“Being a part of a tour like that was incredible. It was a different experience that allowed me to feel even more comfortable in myself because that was what the whole tour is about. I was able to showcase a different part of me that wasn’t just gymnastics. I got to showcase some poetry and a vulnerable side. I think we all got to show a vulnerable side of ourselves. So, it encouraged me to keep living authentically to myself.”

Ohashi enjoyed the experience of seeing the production come together, and the collaborative piece, which wasn’t at all part of her career prior to competing in the NCAA, she said. She also hopes the 2024 tour brings together the diversity of the sport even more, and encourages the current athletes and future generations to showcase who they truly are as people beyond their gymnastics talent and accomplishments.

“You don’t always get to see behind the curtain, behind-the-scenes – the working parts that come together to make this show. It’s a lot of hard work and fast-paced learning, and you just pick it up. I feel like something that I loved getting to see last time was all the gymnasts that you don’t usually see having, like, fun floor routines! You get to see them dance, smile and just be out there having a good time versus being almost militant when you compete.

“I love getting to know everyone as a human first and I feel like this show also showcases that. And obviously, this year is going to be different because we’ve added not just men’s gymnastics but rhythmic as well. It’s very collaborative and I feel like that’s the whole point of the show, is to encourage your voice to be heard.”

Ohashi acknowledges there’s still work to be done, but feels encouraged about gymnastics’ current direction, and loves how the tour plays a major role in bringing the athlete’s voices to the forefront.

“There’s a lot that has happened in the past couple years of gymnastics. I wish none of this had to happen in the sport, but I felt like it opened this door to allow everyone and to encourage everyone, to use their voice and for people to listen because we didn’t just get coaches’ attention or our attention, we got nationwide attention. The sport did. And so, in allowing that to happen, I feel like it’s encouraged everyone to make sure everyone’s held accountable in the sport.

“So I feel like that’s something that has really changed the game and we’re hopefully uplifted by one another. There’s still, of course, work all around that needs to be done and there’s still room to grow for everyone. It’s such a beautiful time in our sport to elevate one another. I feel like it only helps athletes in their gymnastics as well. I know when I went to college, that was the best I ever did in gymnastics because I felt liberated and encouraged to be myself and to use my voice. It just allowed a whole collaboration between me and my coaches and my family and whatever my goals were. So, I think it’s cool to see these girls doing it not because they’re fearful, but because they love it.”

The Athleta Presents Gold Over America Tour will visit 30 U.S. arenas this fall including stops in Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston. Presales began May 15 and 16, and tickets are on sale to the general public beginning May 17; group tickets are available now. For more information, visit www.goldoveramericatour.com. The pop concert-style spectacle will showcase the athletic brilliance and championship journeys of Biles and cast members Jade Carey, Jordan Chiles, Katelyn Ohashi, Peng-Peng Lee, Shilese Jones, Frederick Richard, Mélanie Johanna De Jesus Dos Santos, Kayla DiCello, Evita Griskenas, Casimir Schmidt and more.  

“All I can say is that it’s definitely going to be one another one for the books and that it’s going to be exciting,” Ohashi said, “It’s going to be unique and like, you know, the most unique thing you can watch in gymnastics, for sure. So definitely a once in a lifetime experience.”

Experience the Magic of Biles, Jade Carey, Jordan Chiles, Frederick Richard and More World Class Gymnasts Live on Stage

Tickets are On Sale May 17! Group Purchases Available Now!

LOS ANGELES – May 9, 2024 – Simone Biles, Fred Richard, and other favorite stars of the gymnastics world leap into action at arenas around the country in the Athleta Presents Gold Over America Tour. The high-flying performance lands in Oceanside, California, September 17 following the international competition in Paris.

Following the success of the 2021 tour, the Athleta Presents Gold Over America Tour is an exhilarating display of jaw-dropping athleticism and high-energy choreography with an inspirational message of hope, strength, resilience, and determination. Led by Biles, the most decorated gymnast of all time, the Athleta Presents Gold Over America Tour—or GOAT, its sublime acronym—will have audiences on the edge of their seat with every tumble, twist and gravity-defying trick. 

“From the world’s stage to the GOAT stage, this incredible journey continues, and I can’t wait for fans to see what we have in store this year,” says Biles. “I love creating unforgettable memories for our audiences every night on tour.” 

This pop concert-style spectacle will showcase the athletic brilliance and championship journeys of Biles and cast members Jade Carey, Jordan Chiles, Katelyn Ohashi, Peng-Peng Lee, Shilese Jones, Frederick Richard, Mélanie Johanna De Jesus Dos Santos, Kayla DiCello, Evita Griskenas, Casimir Schmidt and more. 

“We’ve put together an all-new show unlike anything that’s been staged before with gymnastics,” says Director and Creator Mark “Swany” Swanhart. “Simone is one of the best collaborative partners I’ve ever worked with.”

Following a two-year break from the sport, Biles returned in 2023 with a history-making performance at the World Championships where she won four gold medals and added another skill – The Biles II (vault) – to the Code of Points. The first woman to capture six titles, Biles is the most decorated gymnast in history (female or male) with 37 medals overall (23 gold) and is a seven-time Olympic medalist (four gold). A three-time Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year and Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, she has earned the rare distinction of having five skills named in her honor – The Biles – in the beam, floor (two) and vault (two) disciplines.  Team USA vaulted from fourth to third in the final two rotations to win the men’s team bronze medal at the FIG Artistic World Championships. Fred Richard made history, becoming only the fourth and youngest U.S. man to win an all-around medal.

“The Gold Over America Tour enables fans to see some of the world’s best gymnasts in a celebratory, non-competitive environment,” USA Gymnastics President and CEO Li Li Leung said. “Having the tour at the end of one of the biggest years ever for the sport provides a great opportunity for athletes and fans alike.”

The creative team for the tour includes Director Mark “Swany” Swanhart and Associate Director Louanne Madorma, along with world-renowned gymnastics coach Valorie “Miss Val” Kondos Field, who serves as Supervising Choreographer for the tour.

Biles’ long-term apparel partner, Athleta, returns as the title sponsor supporting the brand’s “Find Your Movement” rally cry and mission to build confidence, strength and belonging through movement. Gold sponsors include SPIETH and GK; Spieth is the global leader in gymnastics equipment with over 190 years of tradition, innovative design and athlete-proven performance. GK is the largest gymnastics apparel brand in the world and has been crafting the best fitting apparel for more than 40 years. Supplier sponsor K18 is a biology-first haircare company with clinically proven, high-performance results that transform hair routines and lives. The sponsors represent a commitment to excellence and innovation and reflect the tour’s dedication to empowering athletes and fans alike.

The Athleta Presents Gold Over America Tour will visit 30 U.S. arenas this fall including stops in Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston. Presales begin May 15 and 16, and tickets are on sale to the general public beginning May 17; group tickets are available now. For more information, visit www.goldoveramericatour.com.

The tour schedule is as follows (subject to change):

September 17 Oceanside, CA Frontwave Arena

September 18 Phoenix, AZ Footprint Center

September 20 Los Angeles, CA Crypto.com Arena

September 21 San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose

September 23 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center

September 25 Denver, CO Ball Arena

September 27 Minneapolis, MN Target Center

September 28 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum

September 29 Chicago, IL United Center

October 1 Newark, NJ Prudential Center

October 2 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena

October 4 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center

October 5 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center

October 6 Boston, MA TD Garden

October 8 Baltimore, MD CFG Bank Arena

October 9 Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center

October 11 Sunrise, FL Amerant Bank Arena

October 12 Orlando, FL Kia Center

October 13 Duluth, GA Gas South Arena

October 15 St. Charles, MO The Family Arena

October 16 Kansas City, MO T-Mobile Center

October 18 Austin, TX Moody Center

October 19 Houston, TX Toyota Center

October 20 Fort Worth, TX Dickies Arena

October 27 Cleveland, OH Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

October 29 Indianapolis, IN Gainbridge Fieldhouse

October 30 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center

November 1 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum

November 2 Cincinnati, OH Heritage Bank Center

November 3 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena

For more information, visit www.goldoveramericatour.com and follow @goldoveramericatour on Instagram and Facebook; #GoldOverAmericaTour.

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