It’s been a year since the "Fierce Five" U.S. women’s gymnastics team took the London Olympics by storm. With dominant specialists at each discipline and the top two all-around gymnasts in the world at the time, there was no stopping the U.S. from a gold medal achievement … and little use even trying to slow them down.
The youngest member of that quintet was Kyla Ross, a California native and then rising-junior from Alisa Viejo. A year later, Ross is a rising senior, and she’s also flexing more of her competitive weight across all disciplines in the gym. Ross put a stamp on her goal of earning the U.S. national all-around championship by capturing the all-around title at the prestigious Secret U.S. Classic.
Ross won the event with a final score of 58.65 points, just 0.4 of a point better than Coppell Texas native Peyton Ernst, another high schooler who was the event’s runner-up.
The overall victory was a key step forward for Ross heading into the 2013 U.S. Championships, which will be held in Hartford, Conn. in August.
While there was only one other member of the Fierce Five competing in the Secret U.S. Classic -- and McKayla Maroney only competed in the vault and floor exercise rather than the all-around -- Ross’ victory still stands up to solidify her as a potential individual world champion.
Of course, to get there she’ll have to fight her way past her U.S. teammates. Based on her consistent progress, it would be foolish to rule Ross out.