Kyla Ross, the youngest member of the Fierce Five who won the Olympic gold medal in women’s gymnastics at the London Olympics, has committed to UCLA.
Ross, 18, a senior at Aliso Niguel High in Aliso Viejo, Calif., chose the Bruins over Stanford. She has attended several UCLA meets and will be close enough for her parents to see her compete.
UCLA has become a haven for Olympic gymnasts with at least one member of each of the last four Olympic women’s gymnastics teams having enrolled there.
By not signing endorsement deals after the Olympics, Ross has maintained her amateur eligibility. She could defer her enrollment at UCLA in order to focus on becoming the first woman to make consecutive Olympic gymnastics teams since Dominique Dawes and Amy Chow in 1996 and 2000. McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas are also training with hopes of returning for the 2016 Olympics from the 2012 team.
Simone Biles, who won the all-around at worlds in 2013 and 2014, committed to UCLA in August but is expected to defer her enrollment to focus on the Rio Olympics. Along with Ross and Biles, UCLA’s elite recruiting class includes Madison Kocian, a member of the U.S. national team who could quality for Rio; Katelyn Ohashi, the 2011 junior national champion; and Macy Toronjo, another national level competitor.
At UCLA, Ross will be reunited with 2012 Olympic all-around gold medalist Jordyn Wieber, who serves as a team manager. Wieber can’t compete in college because she turned pro.
Since London, Ross was a silver medalist at the World Championships in the all-around and on bars and beam in 2013. At worlds last year, she was part of the gold medal-winning U.S. team and won bronze in the individual all-around.
She is expected to study engineering at UCLA.