Gymnast earns viral fame and a PERFECT 10 with Beyoncé routine

Minnesota gymnast earns viral fame and a PERFECT 10 with her incredible tumbling routine set to Beyoncé’s Homecoming – and even Olympic gold medalist Sunisa Lee is impressed

  • Mya Hooten, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, wowed the judges with her floor routine at Monday’s meet against the University of Michigan
  • While Minnesota ultimately lost to No. 1-ranked Michigan, 198.025 to 197.650, the crowd at Maturi Pavilion went wild over Hooten’s performance 
  • The 19-year-old earned a perfect 10 for her routine, which was set to an instrumental medley of songs from Beyoncé’s Homecoming
  • Minnesota Women’s Gymnastics tweeted a video of Hooten’s performance on Monday, and it has been viewed more than 290,000 times 
  • Lee, the 2020 Olympic all-around champion, was among the fans who praised Hooten’s performance  
  • A Minnesota gymnast earned herself a perfect 10 and viral fame after nailing her incredible floor routine set to an instrumental medley of songs from Beyoncé’s Homecoming.

    Mya Hooten, 19, wowed the judges with her flawless performance on Monday night when the University of Minnesota Gophers faced off against the University of Michigan Wolverines. 

    While Minnesota ultimately lost to No. 1-ranked Michigan, 198.025 to 197.650, the crowd at Maturi Pavilion went wild over the sophomore’s energetic routine. 

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    Mya Hooten, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, wowed the judges with her floor routine at Monday's meet against the University of Michigan

    Mya Hooten, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, wowed the judges with her floor routine at Monday’s meet against the University of Michigan

    The 19-year-old earned a perfect 10 for her routine, which was set to an instrumental medley of songs from Beyoncé's Homecoming

    The 19-year-old earned a perfect 10 for her routine, which was set to an instrumental medley of songs from Beyoncé’s Homecoming

    When Hooten wasn’t jumping or flipping in the air during her powerful tumbling passes, she was showing off her dance moves, which had significant meaning. 

    After landing her second pass — a front handspring to a front full and a front pike — she pushes herself away from an unseen force. 

    Hooten told PopSugar earlier this month that move is meant to denote combatting hatred that the black community faces. 

    She then moves her hands to cover her mouth ‘because sometimes we don’t have a voice.’ When she gets down on know knee and puts her hands behind her back, it is meant to signify getting arrested and then breaking free. 

    While Minnesota ultimately lost to No. 1-ranked Michigan, 198.025 to 197.650, the crowd at Maturi Pavilion went wild over Hooten's performance

    While Minnesota ultimately lost to No. 1-ranked Michigan, 198.025 to 197.650, the crowd at Maturi Pavilion went wild over Hooten’s performance

    When Hooten wasn't jumping or flipping in the air during her powerful tumbling passes, she was showing off her dance moves

    When Hooten wasn't jumping or flipping in the air during her powerful tumbling passes, she was showing off her dance moves

    When Hooten wasn’t jumping or flipping in the air during her powerful tumbling passes, she was showing off her dance moves

    Monday's performance marked the second perfect 10 of Hooten's college career

    Monday’s performance marked the second perfect 10 of Hooten’s college career

    ‘I want people to see how much I care about what’s all happening and that I’m still standing strong,’ she said. ‘That we’re all standing strong.’

    Minnesota Women’s Gymnastics tweeted a video of Hooten’s routine on Monday, writing: ‘MYA CLOSES US OUT WITH A PERFECT 10!’ 

    The video has been viewed more than 290,000 times and received plenty of praise from fans who were awed by her talent. 

    ‘The fist and the crown… you better show off your greatness! This was so awesome,’ one person wrote, while another added: ‘I’m sure this made Beyoncé smile! Awesome job!!!’

    Hooten's teammate Ona Loper, a fifth-year senior from South Carolina, also scored a 10 on Monday after a perfect vault

    Hooten’s teammate Ona Loper, a fifth-year senior from South Carolina, also scored a 10 on Monday after a perfect vault

     

    Olympic gold medalist Sunisa Lee was among the fans who praised Hooten after Minnesota Women's Gymnastics tweeted a video of her routine

    Olympic gold medalist Sunisa Lee was among the fans who praised Hooten after Minnesota Women’s Gymnastics tweeted a video of her routine

    ‘Magnificent!! So flawless it matches with that Homecoming Beyoncé girlssd slayyyyy,’ someone else agreed. 

    The tweet even attracted the attention of gold medalist Sunisa Lee, a fellow Minnesota native and the 2020 Olympic all-around champion. 

    ‘Wow,’ wrote the 18-year-old, who made her NCAA debut this month as a freshman on Auburn University’s women’s gymnastics team.  

    Hooten made history at the University of Michigan last year when she became the school’s first female gymnast to get a perfect 10 on the floor exercise. 

    Monday’s performance marked the second perfect 10 of her college career, but she wasn’t the only one who had a flawless performance that night. 

    Hooten’s teammate Ona Loper — a fifth-year senior from South Carolina — scored a 10 on vault.