Kyla Ross, a student at Aliso Niguel High School is headed to the U.S.Olympics along with Laguna Niguel native and fellow gymnast,
Both teens competed in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for women's ’gymnastics on Sunday, and both secured their places on the team. Maroney and Ross will represent the women's gymnastics at the upcoming summer games that will take place between July 27 to Aug. 12.
Late Sunday USA Gymnastics announced the gymnasts who will represent the United States in women’s gymnastics at the 2012 Olympic Games in London:
Gabby Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute, automatically qualified to the team at the conclusion of the women's competition at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials – Gymnastics after winning the two-day all-around.
The balance of the team and the three replacement athletes were chosen by the Women's Selection Committee.
2012 Women’s Olympic Team:
McKayla Maroney, Laguna Niguel, Calif./All Olympia Gymnastics Center;
Aly Raisman, Needham, Mass./Brestyan's American Gymnastics;
Kyla Ross, Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max Gymnastics; and Jordyn Wieber, DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts' Twistars USA.
Sarah Finnegan, St. Louis, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express; Anna Li, Aurora, Ill./Legacy Elite; and Elizabeth Price, Coopersburg, Pa./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center.
All athletes named to the Olympic Team are subject to the approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee's Board of Directors.
Ross, an Aliso Niguel High School student, has been training nearly 30 to 35 hours per week at Gym-Max Gymnastics in Costa Mesa under coaches Howie and Jenny Liang.
Ross’ official website includes a growing list of accomplishments, including the most recent when Ross helped the U.S. team win gold (ahead of Italy and Russia) in the City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy. Also in 2011, Ross was named to the Junior US National Team—for the third time, the 2011 Covergirl Classic Junior Champion and the 2009 and 2010 U.S. Junior National Champion. During the last three years she earned more than 12 international medals.
Ross’ current ranking is:
- 5th overall, with a total of 59.400
- 1st uneven bars
- 5th balance beam
- 8th floor exercise