In a shock to many, USA London 2012 Olympic team member Kyla Ross announced her retirement from elite gymnastics online today. The 19 year old will not be vying for a spot on the USA’s Rio 2016 Olympic team.
Today, I am officially announcing my retirement from elite gymnastics. pic.twitter.com/wjXjq5cQIJ
— Kyla Ross (@kyla_ross96) February 22, 2016
She followed on to say:
“This has been one of the most difficult decisions I have made in my life but I feel that my time as an elite gymnast has come to an end. I truly love the sport of gymnastics & I am so fortunate to have been able to accomplish my dreams with the support of everyone in my life. Also, I would like to thank everyone for all the amazing support I have received over my entire elite career. Thanks you so much. As I make this transition to collegiate gymnastics & this next chapter in my life, I hope to still inspire people to reach for their dreams!”
Kyla, a holder of many international medals, including; 1 Olympic, 5 World Championships and 11 Pacific Rim Championships, is scheduled to begin college in UCLA in autumn of 2016.
Wishing Kyla the all the best in the future. You can read more on this over on USA Gymnastics.