For the most part, the ceremonial “Scarves Up” shortly before kickoff at every Seattle Sounders game is a pretty predictable. A person of varying levels of fame steps up to the mic, holds a scarf over their head and screams “Scarves Up Seattle” followed by the intro to Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower.”
Sunday’s rendition had some added flare. Seattle-native Katelyn Ohashi, who became a bit of an internet phenomenon after her perfect 10 floor routine with UCLA went viral, followed her “Scarves Up” presentation with what I’m told is a “round-off-back-handspring-back-handspring-back-handspring-back-tuck.” Making that mouthful of a trick more impressive was that she did it seemingly effortlessly while wearing jeans.
Although Ohashi has received a perfect 10 on nine separate occasions during her collegiate career, the one that made her famous came last January. The official versions of the video have been viewed about 100 million times on Twitter and YouTube.