Kyla Ross won the 2009 and 2010 US junior national championships, and is a member of the 2012 Olympic team that won Olympic gold.
A Well-Decorated Junior:
In her final year as a junior, she was the runner-up to Katelyn Ohashi in the all-around at the 2011 nationals, and earned silvers on bars and beam, and the bronze on vault.
A Senior... Just in Time:
The rule change is controversial (former Olympic champion Carly Patterson competed as a 15-year-old at worlds in 2003, as did 2008 all-around silver medalist Shawn Johnson, in 2007). Why? Many feel that young gymnasts deserve the competitive experience of participating at a worlds before the Olympic year, and that countries should be allowed to use the same athletes at worlds (where teams qualify to the Olympics) that they plan to use at the following year's Olympics.
Still, Ross has been able to accrue international competitive experience, even without worlds. She competed at both the 2009 Junior Pan American Championships and the 2010 Pan Ams, and won all-around gold both times. She also earned silver in the all-around at the 2010 Pacific Rim Championships, in the junior division, and again in the senior division in 2012.
2012 Olympic Games:
Ross began gymnastics in 1999 in South Carolina, and now trains at Gym-Max Gymnastics. She's coached by Howie and Jenny Liang.
Ross' official website is kylaross.net.
- 2012 Olympic Games – 1st-Team
- 2012 City of Jesolo Trophy, Jesolo, Italy - 1st-Team, AA
- 2012 Kellogg's Pacific Rim Championships, Everett, Wash. - 1st-Team, BB; 2nd-AA, UB; 3rd-FX
- 2011 City of Jesolo Trophy, Jesolo, Italy - 1st-Team, AA, BB; 2nd-VT, UB(T); 7th-FX (Jr. Div.)
- 2010 Pan American Championships, Guadalajara, Mexico - 1st-Team, AA; 2nd-FX; 6th-UB
- 2010 Pacific Rim Championships, Melbourne, Australia - 1st-Team, VT; 2nd-AA, UB, FX (Jr. Div.)
- 2010 City of Jesolo Trophy, Jesolo, Italy - 2nd-AA (Jr. Div.)
- 2009 Junior Pan American Championships, Aracaju, Brazil - 1st-Team, AA, UB, BB; 2nd-FX
- 2011 Visa Championships, Saint Paul, Minn. - 2nd-AA, UB, BB; 3rd-VT; 6th-FX (Jr. Div.)
- 2011 CoverGirl Classic, Chicago, Ill. - 1st-AA, UB(T); 2nd-VT; 3rd-FX; 4th-BB (Jr. Div.)
- 2010 Visa Championships, Hartford, Conn. - 1st-AA, BB; 3rd-VT, FX; 7th-UB (Jr. Div.)
- 2010 CoverGirl Classic, Chicago, Ill. - 1st-BB; 4th-VT, UB; 8th-FX(T) (Jr. Div.)
- 2009 Visa Championships, Dallas, Texas - 1st-AA, VT, BB; 3rd-FX (Jr. Div.)
- 2009 CoverGirl Classic, Des Moines, Iowa - 1st-AA, VT; 5th-UB, FX (Jr. Div.)
- 2009 American Classic, San Diego, Calif. - 1st-BB; 2nd-AA; 3rd-VT(T), FX (Jr. Div.)
- 2008 Women's Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championships, Orlando, Fla. - 1st-AA, BB, FX; 2nd-VT (Jr. A)