CARSON — They describe her as the boss in the gymnastics world.
Last season, Kyla Ross raked in a dozen perfect 10 scores for the UCLA Bruins.
Ross is also the first gymnast to win gold in both the Olympics and World Championships, as well as an NCAA National Championship.
And as part of Filipino American History Month, the City of Carson has now added “Fil-Am Youth Role Model” Ross’s titles.
“I’m super excited to be able to receive this award — I think it’s super cool to be able to be an athlete and Filipino American and really represent this culture, so really excited today to receive this award.”
The 23-year-old Hawaii-born, California-raised Ross just started her senior year at UCLA.
“I feel really fortunate to have continued my gymnastics career at ucla and its really been to stay in LA and do something that I love so much and still breaking records has been really fun. But it’s bittersweet I’ve been doing gymnastics my whole life but I’m also ready to have a new chapter in life.”
In recent years, US gymnastics had been rocked by a sex abuse scandal, where Ross was among many athletes who spoke out against a former team doctor.
She believes that dark period actually had a silver lining.
“I feel like after all that negative light that was shined on gymnastics in the past few years, I think it was really important for my teammates and me and all of gymnastics to really Come out this past year with a really positive light and I feel like we really showed that throughout gymnastics and how we responded. Last year was really important for the sport of gymnastics.”
And she hopes to finish her final year of college on a high note.
While this is her last year on UCLA’s team, Ross will spend her fifth year finishing up her biology degree.