When 19-year-old Catherine Gurd attended the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on New Year’s Eve, she was simply supporting her brother, who was playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Little did she know that by the end of the game, she would be known to millions as “Peach Bowl Girl.”
“‘Wow, what’s going on?
Gard, a first-year biomedical student at Xavier University, first learned she went viral after she was tagged by a friend who found her post circulating on TikTok. rice field.
“Somebody find this girl in Ohio,” the TikTok post read.
The TikTok video, which has been viewed nearly four million times, was flooded with flattering comments such as “Heartbreaker’s blue eyes” and “Look at those eyes! She’s a doll.”
In the final minute of the game, which the Georgia Bulldogs won 42-41, ESPN cut into Guldo’s face in the stands. Over 22 million viewers participated in this poignant game.
‘Peach Bowl Girl’ Catherine Gard was distraught during viral moment
“When I lost the bowl game that night, I got a lot of texts saying I was on TV saying, ‘This is amazing.’ I was very confused as to why,” Gard said. “I never thought I would be in this position just because I was on TV for just three seconds.”
Guld found her nickname “Peach Bowl Girl” to be “pretty funny” and said her newfound viral fame was a “complete shock”. She told Fox News that her family “didn’t know how to react” at first, but she said that now it might be “a good opportunity for me”, saying that the moment was “a good opportunity for me.” Have fun”.
The TikTok sensation hinted at “opportunities” she might pursue given her new position in the digital world, including “promoting brands that match what I like” and “what’s next?” I want to do good things.”
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“As a STEM major, I believe that you can promote women in sports and have other people do the majors you want to do.It can be done.It’s a really good platform for young women and young girls to see it.” I think it will be,” said Guld as a player on Xavier University’s first women’s lacrosse team.
Remembering how she felt at that brief ESPN cutaway, Guards watched tight end Patrick Guards from his brother, Ohio Junior, Buckeye as it took place in the final seconds of the Peach Bowl game. , described himself as “very anxious.”
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“I was praying to God that I could score a kick in that moment,” Guldo said of the final seconds before the Buckeyes lost. “It’s just heartbreaking to see your brother go through it and how much they worked for it.
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Before she became a “Peach Bowl Girl,” Guld estimates she had “maybe 300” TikTok followers and “around 2,000” Instagram followers. Currently, she has over 170,000 followers on her TikTok and over 50,000 followers on Instagram.
Her message to new fans: “Thank you for all your support and for liking my content”.
Gard told Fox News Digital that her plan after school is to become a veterinarian.
Fox News’ Christopher Lopez and Andrew Kugle contributed to this report.