Kyla Ross
Artistic gymnast
Kyla Ross
Kyla Ross is a United States gymnast from Aliso Viejo, California. Kyla trains at Gym-Max in Costa Mesa, California, where she is coached by Jenny Zhang and Howie Liang. She is a United States Junior National Team member, the 2011 Covergirl Classic Junior Champion, and the 2009 & 2010 US Junior National Champion. In 2009, Kyla competed at the United States Junior National Championships in Dallas, Texas.
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Kocian, Ross set to make history as UCLA opens gymnastics season Saturday
LATimes - about 2 months
Madison Kocian and Kyla Ross are expected to become the first Olympic gold medalists to participate in a college gymnastics meet when No. 4 UCLA opens its gymnastics season against No. 17 Arkansas on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion. Kocian, a freshman from Dallas, helped the United States...
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Simone Biles leaves rivals battling for second place in gymnastics trials
LATimes - 8 months
The second-place club features decorated champions, Olympians … in fact, even two Olympic gold medalists. Kyla Ross (twice), Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman. These are the gymnasts who have been one step below the sport’s current luminary, Simone Biles, on the podium at the last four U.S national...
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Floor Exercise Decides All-Around Gold
NYTimes - over 3 years
Simone Biles, 16, of the United States edged her teammate Kyla Ross to win the all-around gold medal Friday at the world championships in Antwerp, Belgium.
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Biles of US wins gymnastics all-around at worlds
Yahoo News - over 3 years
ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — Simone Biles made everyone forget the United States came to the world championships without the defending and Olympic champions, edging teammate Kyla Ross to win the all-around gold medal on Friday.
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American Leads in World Gymnastics All-Around
NYTimes - over 3 years
Simone Biles used superb floor and vault exercises to sweep past her American teammate Kyla Ross and take the lead in all-around qualifying at the world gymnastics championships.
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Spring’s Biles leads at world gymnastics championships
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
Simone Biles Simone Biles performs on the floor, during the qualification round at the artistic gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, on Wednesday. (Yves Logghe/Associated Press) By Raf Casert The Associated Press ANTWERP, Belgium — Simone Biles of Spring used superb floor and vault exercises to sweep past U.S. teammate Kyla Ross Wednesday and take the provisional lead in all-around qualifying at the world gymnastics championships. Biles was the only gymnast to break the 60-point mark with 60.133, leaving overnight leader Ross well behind with 59.198 in second place overall. With only one of five qualifying groups left, Yao Jinnan of China was in third at 57.965. “She did an excellent job. She handled her temper and was aggressive,” U.S. coach Martha Karolyi said of Biles. “She even can do a better job.” Even though the top 24 go through and all start from scratch in the all-around, the wobbly perfor ...
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Parkettes' Price makes a huge statement
The Morning Call - Blogs - over 3 years
If how you respond to adversity counts for anything, Elizabeth Price scored big time Saturday night during the finals of the P&G U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Hartford, Conn. Price, already compromised because she was unable to perform all four of her routines in the national meet because of injuries over the last half year, had a complete break on the uneven bars on Thursday night and scored only 12.250, not what the gymnastics community was looking for. Saturday night was completely different. The 17-year-old Parkettes gymnast from Coopersburg didn't falter at all on the bars as she scored a rock solid 14.800. She seemed more relaxed before she started, and the smile and hugs from Parkettes coaches when the routine was over told the rest of the story. Then only other event for Price was vault, and again, she did a less-difficult vault than the Amanar which is right up there with that of Olympian McKayla Maroney, who seems to get all the attention these days. Simone Bi ...
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Simone Biles soars at U.S. gymnastics championships
USA Today - over 3 years
McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross were overshadowed by a 16-year-old, 4-foot-8 Texan.
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Sunday Review: Year in Pictures — July and August
NYTimes - about 4 years
The London Olympics were a perfect global crossroads, much like the spectacular leap of the American gymnast Kyla Ross, her exultant shape a tribute to the beauty of the human form. The Olympics belonged to everyone, though Michael Phelps had a little more fingertip reach than the rest of us.
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Sunday Review: Year in Pictures — July and August
NYTimes - about 4 years
The London Olympics were a perfect global crossroads, much like the spectacular leap of the American gymnast Kyla Ross, her exultant shape a tribute to the beauty of the human form. The Olympics belonged to everyone, though Michael Phelps had a little more fingertip reach than the rest of us.
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'Mr President, how many suits do you own?' Gabby Douglas reveals cheeky questions the Fierce Five got to ask Barack Obama
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
The 16-year-old joined Olympic teammates Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney at the oval office on November 15.
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Fierce 5 Visit 'Dancing With The Stars' To Backup Shawn Johnson (VIDEO) - Huffington Post
Google News - about 4 years
ESPN Fierce 5 Visit 'Dancing With The Stars' To Backup Shawn Johnson (VIDEO) Huffington Post Shawn Johnson got a little help from her friends Monday night, calling on the Fierce 5 to join her in the "Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars" finale. Team USA gold medalists Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross, and Jordyn Wieber ... 'Dancing With the Stars' Week 10: Finally, the finaleUSA TODAY Best bets: 'Dancing With the Stars' crowns an all-star championNBCNews.com "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" features finale face-off with Shawn Johnson ...CBS News Washington Post (blog) -ABC News (blog) -The Star-Ledger - NJ.com all 382 news articles »
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Fierce 5 Head To 'DWTS'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Shawn Johnson's getting some gold medal help for the "Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars" finale. This year's Olympic champions, the Fierce 5 -- Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross, and Jordyn Wieber -- will join Johnson for the freestyle dance on the Monday, November 26 episode of "Dancing With the Stars." Wieber and Johnson took to Twitter to share their feelings. So excited to be a part of Shawn and Derek's free style tomorrow night! Don't forget to watch! instagr.am/p/Sd-hi4vVvo/ — Jordyn Wieber (@jordyn_wieber) November 25, 2012 Got my girls!! Officially ready for this Finale ;) Are you?!?! #Fab5 #Fierce5 #dwts #teamshawnough instagr.am/p/SdJaujA3tb/ — Shawn Johnson (@ShawnJohnson) November 25, 2012 Johnson, who already won a Mirrorball trophy during Season 8 of "DWTS," will go up against Melissa Rycroft and Kelly Monaco in the "All-Stars" finale. Members of the Fierce 5 have been making the TV rounds. Douglas will appear on The CW's "Th ...
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Needham's Aly Raisman, USA teammates meet President Obama
Boston Globe - over 4 years
Needham's Aly Raisman joined her teammates Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, and Jordyn Wieber in the Oval Office to meet President Barack Obama, as seen in the official White House photo above.
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LOL! Olympian Gabby Douglas Teaches Oprah Winfrey Balance Beam Routine
US Magazine - over 4 years
She's gone camping at Yosemite and climbed Sydney's Harbor Bridge in Australia, but no out-of-the box task proved to be more daunting for Oprah Winfrey than completing a balance beam routine in the presence of an Olympian. Stopping by Liang Chow's famous gymnastics facility in West Des Moines, Iowa -- the home gym of 2012 Team USA standout Gabby Douglas -- Winfrey was challenged by the 16-year-old gold medalist to show off her skills. PHOTOS: Olympic athletes' post-Games success "OK! We're on the beam," an unsteady Winfrey, 58, says as Douglas offers to grab her hands to help her do a scale maneuver. "Oprah, do something: Jump!" suggests Winfrey's BFF Gayle King from the sidelines. The first African American gymnast in Olympic history to win the individual all-around title, Virginia Beach native Douglas took home two gold medals at this summer's London Games: her all-around gold and a gold for her work in helping her teammates -- Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney a ...
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Gabby Douglas: Fierce Five Visit 'Letterman'
Just Jared - over 4 years
The Fierce Five – Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross, and Aly Raisman – are all smiles as they arrive at The Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday (August 14) in New York City. The girls each carried a red rose with them as they headed inside to record their segment. Earlier that day, the team all got together and rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. During their day of press events, Aly, Gabby, Jordyn, Kyla, and McKayla even got to meet Gossip Girl actor Chace Crawford! Fierce Five Visit “Letterman” 10+ pictures inside of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team at The Late Show with David Letterman and ringing the bell…
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kyla Ross
    TEENAGE
  • 2016
    Age 19
    She had decided not to pursue the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and will instead focus on competing in collegiate gymnastics for the Bruins program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she plans to enroll in the following September.
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    On February 22, 2016, Ross revealed through the social network platform Twitter that she would retire from elite gymnastics with immediate effect.
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    In February 2016, she decided to retire from elite gymnastics and focus on attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) starting fall of 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 18
    She was named to the Senior National Team for the 4th consecutive year, clinching the final spot edging out Brenna Dowell and receiving an invitation to the 2015 Worlds Selection Camp.
    More Details Hide Details After being named to team's nominative roster, Ross withdrew her spot at the Selection Camp; thus ruling her out for a spot on team.
    She ended Night 1 in 12th place, tied with 2015 Pan Am Games team gold medalist Megan Skaggs, with a total all-around score of 56.900.
    More Details Hide Details The first 2 rotations on Night 2 did not go to plan for Ross either. She under-rotated her double-twisting Yurchenko and scored a 14.550. On bars, she was able to control her Bhardwaj transition but came close on her Jaeger release. She once again under-rotated her double front dismount and sat it down again. She scored a 14.050, same score on Night 1, for a total of 28.100, placing her 12th on the event where she is usually consistent on. She regained her composure and had an excellent beam routine and scored a 15.250. Her total of 29.500 placed her 3rd on the event behind Simone Biles and Alyssa Baumann. On floor, she did not do a connection following her Double Arabian (she didn't perform her stag jump that she usually does after the Double Arabian) and under-rotated her double tuck dismount but put it to her feet. She scored a 13.800 and had a total of 27.350, placing 12th on the event.
    On August 13 & 15, Ross competed at the 2015 P&G Championships, competing the all-around that included a new floor routine.
    More Details Hide Details However, the new floor routine not only did it include the same tumbling passes she did in 2014 (still having back issues) but, on Night 1, she put her hands down on her last tumbling pass (double tuck), and scored a 13.550. She moved up in the rankings a little bit with her double-twisting Yurchenko vault one rotation later, scoring a 15.050. On the uneven bars she executed her Bhardwaj (full-twisting Pak Salto) and nailed her Jaeger release, but she under-rotated her double front dismount and sat it down. She scored a 14.050. On beam she had a sub-par routine that included a huge wobble on her switch ring leap and a loss of connection on her front tuck to wolf jump because she had a small wobble on her front tuck and never performed the wolf jump. She scored a 14.250 on beam.
    Ross signed the National Letter of Intent to the Bruins on April 15, 2015, deferring until the 2016-17 season.
    More Details Hide Details Secret U.S. Classic On July 25, she competed at the Secret U.S. Classic, competing only on uneven bars and balance beam because of a bruised heel she sustained during training. She had two falls on uneven bars while trying to debut a new routine, which included a Chow (stalder Shaposhnikova) connected to a Bhardwaj (full-twisting Pak salto). She hit her ribs on the low bar after her Bhardwaj and fell. She restarted her routine but fell on a handstand while performing a toe-on full pirouette. She then restarted the routine a third time, this time removing the full twist in the Pak salto and only doing toe-on pirouettes. She dismounted with a double front, a new dismount for her, and scored a very low 12.250 (5.9 difficulty), finishing 15th on the event. She regained her composure and had a better performance on beam, despite a wobble on her side somi, and scored a respectable 14.550, placing fourth behind Worlds teammate and 2-Time World Champion Simone Biles and Olympic teammates Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman. She said after the competition she hopes to make major improvements in her routines and return to compete the all-around at the P&G Championships.
    On February 22, 2015, Ross announced on Twitter that she had committed to the University of California, Los Angeles's gymnastics team where her former Fierce Five teammate, Jordyn Wieber, is team manager.
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  • 2014
    Age 17
    On September 17, Ross was selected to compete at the 2014 World Championships in Nanning, China.
    More Details Hide Details Alongside teammates Alyssa Baumann, Simone Biles, Madison Kocian, Ashton Locklear, and Mykayla Skinner, she won gold in the team final. Individually, despite dealing with hip and groin injuries, she qualified to the all-around and balance beam finals. She was also second reserve for the uneven bars final. In the all-around, she unexpectedly won the bronze medal after mistakes from Mustafina and Yao Jinnan of China. She also placed sixth in the balance beam final. UCLA
    Ross was slated to compete at the 2014 American Cup but withdrew because of a back injury.
    More Details Hide Details In March, she competed at the City of Jesolo Trophy, where she won gold medals in the team and all-around competitions. She also won silver on uneven bars and floor exercise, but finished sixth on balance beam. The following month, she competed at the Pacific Rim Championships in Richmond, Canada. She won gold medals with the team and on balance beam, and took silver in the all-around and on uneven bars and floor exercise. In August, Ross competed at the Secret U.S. Classic, where she finished first on beam, second in the all-around and on floor, and third on uneven bars. Later that month, she competed at the P&G Championships and finished second in the all-around, first on balance beam, sixth on uneven bars, and fifth on floor. Despite several mistakes on the first day, she was named to her third consecutive senior national team.
    Ross was also a member of the gold-medal-winning U.S. team at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
    More Details Hide Details Individually, she is the 2013 world all-around silver medalist and the 2014 world all-around bronze medalist. She is also the 2013 world uneven bars and balance beam silver medalist.
  • 2013
    Age 16
    She was invited to the qualifying camp for the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, and on September 15, she was one of four gymnasts named to that team.
    More Details Hide Details The World Championships took place in October in Antwerp, Belgium. In the all-around final, Ross started on vault, performing a double-twisting Yurchenko (15.366). She went on to score 15.100 on bars, 14.533 on beam, and 14.333 on floor, earning the silver medal with a total of 59.332. She scored 15.266 and finished in second place in the uneven bars final, behind Huang Huidan, and placed second in the balance beam final with a score of 14.833, .067 behind Aliya Mustafina. She was also awarded the Longines Prize for Elegance along with male gymnast Kohei Uchimura of Japan. The award is given to the male and female gymnast who displayed the most charisma, charm, and elegance as determined by a voting jury.
    Ross was slated to compete at the 2013 American Cup but withdrew because of an ankle injury.
    More Details Hide Details However, she performed an exhibition balance beam routine after the competition had ended. In March, she was chosen to be a part of the U.S. European tour team that would compete in the City of Jesolo Trophy and in the USA-Germany-Romania Tri-Meet in Chemnitz, Germany. At Jesolo, she won gold medals in the team and uneven bars competitions, and silvers in the all-around and on balance beam. At the Chemnitz meet, she contributed to the U.S.'s first-place finish and won the all-around with a total score of 59.300. At the Secret U.S. Classic in July, Ross won gold medals in the all-around and on uneven bars and a silver medal on balance beam. At the P&G Championships in August, she finished second in the all-around and won gold on uneven bars and balance beam.
  • 2012
    Age 15
    At the end of July, Ross competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom.
    More Details Hide Details She helped the American team, nicknamed the "Fierce Five", qualify first to the team final, and individually, she qualified as the second reserve for the uneven bars final with a score of 14.866. In the team final, she contributed scores of 14.933 on uneven bars and 15.133 on balance beam toward the American team's gold-medal finish.
    Ross was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the rest of the U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team in the July 18, 2012 "Olympic Preview" issue.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first time an entire Olympic gymnastics team had been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
    Afterward, she was chosen as a member of the team that would be sent to the 2012 Summer Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details She said, "This is the most surreal feeling. Hearing my name called, I couldn't even believe it."
    In March, she competed at the 2012 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships in Everett, Washington.
    More Details Hide Details The U.S. team consisted of senior gymnasts Ross, Wieber, and Douglas, and junior gymnasts Priessman, Ohashi, and Amelia Hundley. They easily won the competition, beating silver medalist China by nearly 20 points. Individually, Ross placed second in the all-around (59.200) behind Wieber, the reigning world all-around champion. In the event finals, she earned gold on balance beam (15.375), silver on uneven bars (15.050), and bronze on floor exercise (14.375). Later that month, Ross competed at the City of Jesolo Trophy for the third straight year. The U.S. team (consisting of Ross, Bross, Brianna Brown, Dowell, Finnegan, Maroney, Price, Raisman, and Mykayla Skinner) again earned an easy victory, finishing more than ten points ahead of silver medalist Italy. Ross also won the all-around competition (59.850) ahead of Raisman and Finnegan. She finished the competition by claiming titles on uneven bars (15.050) and balance beam (15.500) and a bronze medal on vault (15.550).
    Because her 16th birthday fell within the calendar year, Ross became a senior elite gymnast in 2012 and was eligible to compete at the Olympics.
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  • 2010
    Age 13
    The following month, she competed at the 2010 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne, Australia.
    More Details Hide Details The team, which included junior gymnasts Ross and Jordyn Wieber and senior gymnasts Raisman and Rebecca Bross, won the gold medal, beating China by more than 15 points. Individually, Ross placed second behind Wieber in the all-around with a total score of 58.000. She also won a gold medal on vault (15.100), and silver on uneven bars (14.250) and floor exercise (14.200). In July, at the CoverGirl Classic in Chicago, she placed third behind Wieber and Katelyn Ohashi in the all-around (58.700), first on balance beam (15.250), fourth on vault (15.200) and uneven bars (14.550), and eighth on floor exercise (13.700). The following month, she competed at the Visa Championships in Hartford, Connecticut as the defending junior national champion. Despite a fall on uneven bars during her warm-up, she earned the highest score on the event on Day 1 of the competition (14.050). And despite a mistake on uneven bars on Day 2, she finished strong on balance beam (15.45) to win her second straight junior all-around title with a two-day combined score of 116.450. She won the national title on balance beam (29.900) and placed third on vault (30.450), third on floor (28.500), and seventh on uneven bars (27.600).
  • 2008
    Age 11
    At the 2008 Junior Olympic national championships, she won the balance beam, floor exercise, and all-around titles and finished second on vault.
    More Details Hide Details Ross qualified as a junior elite gymnast at the Metroplex Challenge in February. In April, she competed at the American Classic in San Diego, California. She placed second in the all-around with a score of 55.316. In July, at the CoverGirl Classic in Des Moines, Iowa, she placed first in the all-around with a score of 57.000, handily beating future Olympic teammates Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney. She also placed first on vault with a score of 15.200, fifth on balance beam with a score of 13.950, and fifth on floor with a score of 14.250. In August, she competed at the Visa Championships in Dallas, Texas. She said, "It's a dream come true to compete in the Visas. I've watched it since I was 7." In only her second elite meet, she placed first in the all-around with a two-day combined score of 114.000, beating former junior national team member Bridgette Caquatto by more than half a point. She earned two event titles as well: She placed first on vault, performing a double-twisting Yurchenko and scoring 30.350 over two days, and first on balance beam with a combined score of 29.00. She also won the bronze medal on floor exercise, where she performed to the theme song from Rawhide and earned a two-day total of 28.200.
    She competed as a level 10 gymnast in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details At that year's state championships, she won titles on uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise, and in the all-around. She added another title on balance beam and a second-place finish in the all-around at the regional championships.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 2005
    Age 8
    Ross found early success as a competitive gymnast. Between 2005 and 2007, she won five state titles and two national titles.
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    Ross began gymnastics when she was three years old at Greenville Gymnastics Training Center in Greenville, South Carolina. She later trained at Richmond Olympiad in Virginia and National Gymnastics Training Center in Aliso Viejo before moving to Gym-Max Gymnastics in Costa Mesa, California in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Her coach, Jenny Zhang, was skeptical about Ross's future in gymnastics because "she had this square body, no legs, square shoulders." But, fellow coach Howie Liang replied, "Don't worry about her. She will have long legs."
  • 1996
    Born
    Ross was born on October 24, 1996, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Jason and Kiana Ross.
    More Details Hide Details Her father is of African American and Japanese ancestry, and her mother is of Filipino and Puerto Rican descent. Her father was a minor league outfielder for six years. She has two younger siblings, Mckenna and Kayne. Ross attended Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo, California. She intends to maintain her amateur eligibility and compete in NCAA gymnastics. She graduated from high school in 2015 but plans to defer college enrollment to vie for a spot on the 2016 Olympic team. She has committed to UCLA. Ross's mother has said that her daughter was always very strong, with a lot of energy: "She was born with muscles. We would go to the park and everybody would say, 'Whose baby is on top of that jungle gym?' And I would say, 'Oh, that's my baby. Don't worry about her, she's fine.'" Her father added, "It would use all my effort to get her to sit in her car seat, and I'm a pretty big guy, a strong guy. When she was born, we were like, 'Oh my goodness, she has triceps, she has quads hanging off her. What the heck's going on?' And she was just super strong. I mean, at an early age, she was able to walk across the monkey bars, just hanging herself."
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