Olympic team champion Kyla Ross performed in podium training at the World Gymnastics Championships with her left hip and thigh taped on Wednesday following an injury at a U.S. camp before the team flew to China last week.
“I’m kind of held together by tape right now,” Ross joked Wednesday, according to Inside Gymnastics. “The last few days at the ranch [the U.S. National Team Training Center], I think I kind of overstretched it doing a few leaps. It’s my hip, groin and hamstring – that whole area. [team doctor Larry Nassar has] been working really hard. I’ve been in the training room more than my actual room [laughs]. But, it felt pretty good today. I was glad I was able to do all four events.”
Ross, 17, is the only member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team active this year. She won the 2013 World all-around silver medal behind teammate Simone Biles, as well as silver at the 2013 and 2014 P&G Championships behind Biles.
The U.S. women compete in qualifying Sunday. The women’s all-around final is Oct. 10. If Ross qualifies and is healthy, she is considered one of the top threats to the favored Biles, along with Russian Aliya Mustafina and China’s Yao Jinnan.
She also won silver on balance beam and uneven bars at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium.
“I’m a little sore because I haven’t been training that intense this week,” Ross told Inside Gymnastics. “I know that there are a few days before qualifications, so I hope that I can loosen up before then.”