|Kyla Ross Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||October 24, 1996|
Kyla Ross is an American college artistic gymnast who used to be an elite gymnast from 2009 to 2016. Ross, who has built a well-respected name and reputation in the world of gymnastics, was a member of the U.S Women’s Gymnastics team popularly dubbed as the Fierce Five in the 2012 Summer Olympics wherein she earned a gold medal in the competition. On top of her overall achievements as an elite gymnast, she was also a member of the gold-medal-winning U.S team at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, the 2013 world all-around, uneven bars, and balance beam silver medalist, and an all-around bronze medalist in 2014.
Ross was named an All-American 11 times during her early years with the university’s NCCA gymnastics team. As of March 16, 2019, she became the 11th collegiate gymnast to earn a Gym Slam award for hitting a perfect 10 score on all 4 apparatuses. In April of the 2018-2019 season, she tied a record with Karin Lichey for the most career perfect 10s on uneven bars with 9 perfect 10s. She also set the NCCAA record for the most perfect 10s in one season with 14 and had set the NCAA record for most consecutive meets with a perfect 10 with 10 straight meets.
Kyla Briana Ross
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Aliso Viejo, California, United States
She went to Aliso Niguel High School situated in Aliso Viejo, California, United States. In 2015, she attended the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and graduated from high school in the same year. However, she decided to postpone her college enrollment to secure a spot in the 2016 Olympic team.
Amidst strongly pursuing gymnastics at the time, she later announced her retirement from Elite gymnastics in early 2016 and went on to start her college journey at UCLA during fall of the same year. She took up a degree major in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology.
- Father – Jason Ross (Former Minor League Outfielder)
- Mother – Kiana Ross
- Siblings – Mckenna Ross (Younger Sister), Kayne Ross (Younger Brother)
- Others – Washington Ross (Paternal Grandfather), Shigeko Arai (Paternal Grandmother), Kenneth K. Tano (Maternal Grandfather), Dianna Milstead (Maternal Grandmother), Flora Mabida (Maternal Great-Grandmother), Mary Feliciano (Maternal Great-Great-Grandmother), Robert Milstead (Maternal Great-Grandfather), William E. Milstead (Great-Great-Grandfather), William Deierling (Maternal Great-Great-Grandfather), Freda Herboth (Maternal Great-Great-Grandmother), Freda Deierling (Maternal Great-Grandmother)
Kyla Ross is represented by Gym-Max Academy of Gymnastics, Gymnastic School, Costa Mesa, California, United States.
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
50 kg or 110 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Kyla Ross has dated –
- Justin Rittman – By the looks of her personal Instagram profile, she seems to be dating a UCLA sports guy named Justin Rittman. She has featured Rittman on her Instagram several times with sweet captions, which only proves to show that the lovebirds are in a happy and romantic relationship. In early July 2019, the gymnast star posted a photo of her and Rittman with a caption that reads, “Happy 4th to us, Grateful to call this country my home”.
Race / Ethnicity
Mixed (Black, Asian, Hispanic, and White)
She has African-American ancestry on her paternal grandfather’s side, Japanese ancestry on her paternal grandmother’s side, Filipino and Puerto Rican ancestry on her maternal grandfather’s side, and English-German ancestry on her maternal grandmother’s side.
- Wide Cheeks
- Plump Lips
- Hooded Eyes
Best Known For
- Becoming an elite gymnast at a young age and for her overall contributions and achievements in the industry of gymnastics
- Being dubbed as the “Fierce Five” by the media during the 2012 Summer Olympics after winning a gold medal in the competition
First TV Show
In 2012, Kyla Ross made her first TV show appearance as “Herself” on Today.
Ross has not specifically shared any specific workout parameters and healthy diet plans on keeping her fitness and health well-intact but given that she’s a professional gymnast who needs to maintain flexibility and strength, she surely has some strict training to follow. In a report published on April 12, 2019, Ross shared how keeping a healthy lifestyle has always been so important to her being in the world of gymnastics. For her, fueling the body with just exactly everything it needs and keeping the body in good shape for gymnastics is a huge help to get through long and exhausting practices all throughout the competition.
An elite gymnast usually needs to complete up to 30 hours of training per week which already includes strict coaching, stretching, and consuming the right diet. Like Ross who compete for 14 weeks every season, keeping the body in shape while also ensuring physical strength and flexibility is very important.
Kyla Ross Favorite Things
- Food – Salmon
- Hobbies – Cooking
- Music Genre – Pop
- TV Show – Family Guy
- Book – The Hunger Games
- Gymnast – Shannon Miller
Source – Bleach Report
Kyla Ross Facts
- She started training gymnastics when she was only 3 years old.
- Her first gymnastics coach was Jenny Zhang.
- She won 5 titles and 2 national titles between the years 2005 and 2007, and, she later competed as a level 10 gymnast in 2008.
- Ross climbed everything as a child and it was one of the main reasons why her parents enrolled her to train in gymnastics.
- She was the youngest American who competed in the 2012 Summer Games in London.
- She’s best friends with fellow artistic gymnast McKayla Maroney. After she moved to California with her family, she met Maroney and they became best friends. Both would earn spots on the team during the 2012 Summer Olympics season in London.
- In April 2009, she competed at the American Classic in San Diego, California during which she was placed 2nd in the all-around with a final scoring of 55.316.
- At the age of 15, she debuted as a senior elite gymnast and became officially eligible to compete at the Olympics.
- She retired from elite gymnastics on February 22, 2016, to pursue collegiate gymnastics for the Bruins program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
- On February 10, 2019, Ross earned her first perfect 10 on vault.
- Connect with Kyla Ross on Twitter and Instagram.
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