2012 Olympic gold medalist Kyla Ross has officially announced her commitment to UCLA’s NCAA program.
After competing in London, Ross continued training at the elite level, going on to win five World Championship medals in 2013 and 2014. She was the only gymnast among her Olympic teammates – known collectively as the Fierce Five – who chose to keep her NCAA eligibility in lieu of “going pro,” or accepting money for appearances and endorsements.
The biggest question on the minds of gym fans was where she would choose to compete as a collegiate-level athlete. In 2013, Ross said her top two choices were Stanford and UCLA, but as she was only a high school sophomore at the time, she had to wait until she was old enough to academically apply to Stanford before being recruited into their gymnastics program.
It looks as though UCLA – where 2012 Olympic teammate Jordyn Wieber is a student and gymnastics team manager – is where Ross’ heart belongs. She teased at an “exciting announcement” on Twitter early Saturday afternoon, and then attended UCLA’s meet in the evening, where she was spotted wearing a UCLA sweatshirt while on the floor chatting to Wieber.
Her official announcement came following the meet. “So proud to finally announce that I am now committed to UCLA!” Ross wrote on Twitter. “Can’t wait to compete with this team! Go Bruins.”
Ross joins a slew of elites who have also committed to UCLA’s next two signing classes, including Katelyn Ohashi, Madison Kocian, Nica Hults, Felicia Hano, Nia Dennis, Macy Toronjo, and back-to-back World champion Simone Biles; both Biles and Kocian signed letters of intent last fall with the intention of deferring until after the 2016 Olympic Games.
It is unclear whether Ross will join UCLA for the 2015-2016 season or whether she intends to follow her 2014 Worlds teammates Biles and Kocian in deferring with the hopes of making a second Olympic team, though the decision will likely come once she sees how things go for her in the 2015 elite season.
We wish Kyla the best of luck and can’t wait to see what she can continue to do in this sport.
Article by Lauren Hopkins