|U.S. junior Katelyn Ohashi, a triple gold medalist at this month's Bumbo Cup in South Africa, will spend Christmas in her native Seattle.
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A few weeks after winning her first international meet, U.S. junior sensation Katelyn Ohashi (WOGA) is back in her native Seattle, celebrating Christmas with her parents and brothers.
2010 was a successful year for the 13-year-old Ohashi, who won the all-around silver medal and uneven bars gold at the U.S. junior championships in August. Earlier this month, she won the all-around, vault and floor exercise golds at her first international competition, the Bumbo Gymnastics Cup in South Africa.
"It was so much fun!" Ohashi told IG of her South African sojourn. "I liked the experience. It's actually not like how I expected it. I kind of thought it would be like animals running wild (laughs) but it was normal!"
Ohashi, who debuted a layout full on beam in July, competed a standing Arabian for the first time in South Africa. She won the silver medals on uneven bars and balance beam behind WOGA teammate Mackenzie Wofford.
Ohashi lives with her mother and 15-year-old brother in Texas, while her father is still in Seattle. She also has two older brothers, 21 and 27.
"We go to church [Christmas Eve] and then we open presents in the morning," Ohashi said of her family Christmas.
The Christmas break will be short, however, as Ohashi plans to fly back on Monday for more training in Plano, Texas.
"I'm going to take off Christmas Eve, Christmas and Sunday. I was going to be staying for a week but I guess they decided that's too long, so they're going to send me back," she said with a laugh.
Coach Valeri Liukin is eager for Ohashi to get her routines ready for the 2011 season. In particular, Liukin doesn't want Ohashi to lose the progress she's making in the gym on her new uneven bars combination of inside-Stalder blind to elgrip, front giant, full Ono.
"She's got to get that Ono," Liukin said.
Ohashi said she likes to stay up past midnight to ring in the New Year, and probably will celebrate with her teammates.
"I think one of the girls at the gym is having a New Year's party," she said.
Aside from getting her Ono down, Ohashi said she hadn't decided yet about any New Year's Resolutions for 2011.
"I haven't really thought about it this year yet," she said.
But Ohashi, who lists shopping among her hobbies, said she could only think of one bad habit she might need to reign in.
"Probably spending too much money!" she laughed.
Read more about Katelyn Ohashi in an upcoming issue of International Gymnast Magazine.