Kyla Ross, the only member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic champion women’s gymnastics team yet to turn pro, plans to compete collegiately for UCLA, according to her social media accounts.
Ross, 18, is a high school senior but could choose to defer enrolling at UCLA to focus on trying to make the Rio 2016 Olympic team. No woman has made back-to-back U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams since 1996 and 2000.
Ross, the youngest member of the 2012 U.S. team, won silver and bronze medals in the all-around at the 2013 and 2014 World Championships.
The winner each of those years was Simone Biles, who announced her commitment to UCLA in August.
At least one member of each of the last four U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics teams has attended UCLA, including 2012 gold medalist Jordyn Wieber (who can’t compete collegiately because she turned pro) and 2008 silver medalist Samantha Peszek, who is still competing for the Bruins.
Athens 2004 Olympic silver medalist Mohini Bhardwaj competed at UCLA before making her only Olympic team. Three members of the 2000 U.S. Olympic team that won bronze competed for UCLA after the Sydney Games — Tasha Schwikert, Jamie Dantzscher and Kristen Maloney.