Do you have $250 that is burning a hole in your pocket?

If you love chocolate and don’t know what to spend it on, we have a suggestion.

Please listen in.

At omnomct.wordpress.com they smile, “If you thought going to Godiva at Stamford Town Center or your local artisan chocolate shop to buy a three dollar truffle was expensive, then you just might be amazed to learn about the world’s most expensive truffle. These 1.5 oz. gems of chocolate are made by Fritz Knipschildt, Master Chocolatier of Chocopologie in Norwalk and Knipschildt Chocolatier. The La Madeline au Truffle is made with dark chocolate, ganache, and French Perigord truffle.”

fciwomenswrestling.com article, Chocopologie photo credit

Sounds tasty. It caught the eye of foxnews.com as well. “Stuffed with a French Perigord truffle and crafted from 71-percent single-bean Ecuadorean dark-chocolate, this 1.5-ounce truffle is the Norwalk, Conn., chocolatier’s highest-priced delicacy. A rich cream infused with vanilla pods and Italian truffle oil is folded into the ganache for 24 hours, but the real gem in this chocolate is the truffle, which sells at $1,000 per pound.”

Intriguing and puzzling at the same time.

Are inflated prices on items that we love just hype where the seller is asking for the highest price that they can get?

What’s the difference between a $50,000 wedding ring and a $39,500 wedding ring? How about a $1,200,000 oil painting and a $575,000 version? Perhaps the taste difference in a $5,000 bottle of wine and one at $2,300.75?

Can you really tell?

Well, even if you are not a gymnastics aficionado and you watch the beautiful and talented UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi perform, you can quickly tell the difference between the elite performance of Katelyn and virtually everyone else.

fciwomenswrestling.com article, Christy Ann Linder photography

She’s that good. She possess beam bars full of charisma.

“I did meet Sen. Robert Kennedy, and it taught me something about political charisma.”… Michael Korda

Time for a formal introduction.

Katelyn Ohashi is an American artistic gymnast.

Currently, she competes for the University of California, Los Angeles and is a 2-time All-American. Previously, she was a four-time member of USA Gymnastics‘ Junior National Team, the 2011 junior national champion and the winner of the 2013 American Cup.

Early in her career, Katelyn trained with Al Fong at Great American Gymnastics Express (GAGE) in Blue Springs, Missouri.

She burst onto the national gymnastics scene at the 2009 Junior Olympic National Championships, where she placed first on floor exercise, tied for second on uneven bars, placed fourth in the all-around and tied for seventh on vault.

She competed in her first elite meet at the U.S. Classic in Des Moines, Iowa, where she placed fourth on floor in the junior division, tied for fifth on balance beam and placed ninth in the all-around.

This qualified her to the National Championships in Dallas, where she won the silver medal on floor exercise, placed sixth on beam, finished tenth in the all-around and was named to the junior national team.

Her meteoric rise was not without challenges.

She won the 2013 American Cup in March, defeating U.S. teammate Simone Biles. In April, however, she had shoulder surgery, which prevented her from competing for the rest of the year.

In an interview at the 2014 WOGA Classic, Ohashi said she was unsure of her ability to continue at the international elite level after her injury. Later in the year, she suffered a back injury that required surgery, and did not compete again until 2015.

Katelyn joined the UCLA Bruins gymnastics team for the 2015–2016 season and was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week on January 19, 2016.

fciwomenswrestling.com article, photo via Daily Bruin

Her college community loves her. At uclabruins.com here her highlights:

  1. Scored back-to-back perfect 10s on beam Mar. 5 and Mar. 12, 2017
    2. Two-time All-American on beam
    3. Two-time Pac-12 Specialist of the Week in 2017
    4. Four-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week in 2016
    5. 2013 AT&T American Cup all-around champion
    6. Four-year USA National Team member

She became the first Bruin ever to score consecutive perfect 10s on beam on March 5 and 12.

We’ve watched her video and she is absolutely amazing.

She has her admirers a plenty.

“With somebody like Harrison Ford, they’re so commanding and confident, and you know, he does have a certain power or charisma, and those are things that are sort of ineffable.”… Paul Dano

The group at flogymnastics.com shares, “It’s hard to miss Katelyn Ohashi on the competition floor this season. The sophomore has provided some of the best routines in UCLA’s lineup heading into this week’s NCAA Championships and brings some huge skills on balance beam, including a triple series that has sometimes included a layout full. She always seems to have a smile on her face and frequently is laughing or dancing on the side with her teammates.”

Yes she is vibrant and full of life. Especially when you see her on her Social Media.

They add, “She has scored a 9.875 or better nine times this year on beam and has not scored below a 9.850 on floor exercise. Her jewelry thief-themed floor routine has been a crowd favorite this season, and she posted a career-high 9.925 in back-to-back meets last month. If she hits on beam the way she’s shown that she can, she’ll be one of the contenders for the individual NCAA event title.”

Very impressive.

We told you so.

It’s understandable that her fan base is swelling.

Southern California has an abundance of sunshine.

At excellesports.com they spread more Katelyn sunshine. “UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi nailed a Perfect 10 on balance beam for the second consecutive week in the Bruins’ meet against North Carolina on Sunday. Last week, Ohashi scored a Perfect 10 on the beam in the Bruins’ meet against PAC-12 rival Cal.”

And to think. She is so very early in her spring board career.

fciwomenswrestling.com article, photo via Daily Bruin

She has high aspirations and has been inspired by the best.

Who is her favorite athlete?

Muhammad Ali.

fciwomenswrestling.com article, United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division

Now that is the elite of the elite.

The differences at the highest levels can be razor thin but not with Katelyn.

Even for those of us who are not experts in the circles of expensive chocolates or the world of competitive gymnastics, we know a star among stars when we see one.

Katelyn’s talent and charisma makes it so easy to tell.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katelyn_Ohashi

https://twitter.com/katelyn_ohashi?lang=en

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http://www.excellesports.com/news/katelyn-ohashi-balance-beam-perfect-10-ucla/

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https://omnomct.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/the-most-expensive-truffle-in-the-world-comes-from-fritz-knipschildt-of-chocopologie-how-expensive/