U.C.L.A. Gymnast Slips In Hip-Hop Moves, and the Online Crowd Goes Wild

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Sophina DeJesus of U.C.L.A. celebrated at the end of her innovative routine.

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The floor exercise in gymnastics is all about the tumbling, right? Sure, in between the runs the gymnast shows off balance or does balletlike moves, but that’s just a moment for athletes and fans to catch their breath.

Sophina DeJesus of the University of California, Los Angeles, gymnastics team may have upset the floor exercise paradigm over the weekend, however. Her tumbling runs were spot on, but the moments in between are the main reason a Facebook video of her routine has been shared more than 400,000 times.

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DeJesus set aside those normally staid moments in between the tumbling to whip, nae nae, hit the quan and perform other hip-hop dance steps.

The unexpected moves, combined with the enthusiastic reaction from the home fans and…

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