The Fierce Five: Then and Now

Can it really be more than two years ago that the “Fierce Five” became a household term in gymnastics? The London Olympic Games were just the beginning of the adventures of Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, Jordyn Wieber and Aly Raisman, who have done everything from Dancing with the Stars to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to ringing the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange since. And yes, then they went back to the gym.

But is a second Olympic appearance in the cards for the Fierce Five? With a little under two years till the Rio Games begin, all members of the Fierce Five are still in the gym, though in different phases of returning to competition.

In this five-day series, Gym Gab will take a look at each gymnast and what made them important to the U.S. team in 2012, as well as where they are now, starting with Kyla Ross.

Kyla Ross

Fierce Five - Kyla RossPhotography | Christy Ann Linder

Kyla Ross Then

The youngest member of the Fierce Five was a first year senior in 2012 and was an Olympic gold medalist before her 16th birthday. She came into the Olympic Trials having won back to back U.S. Junior titles in 2009 and 2010 and quickly proved herself as an apt tablesetter with superconsistent routines. If perhaps she lacked some spectacular difficulty, she made up for it with clean execution and a great bar routine, providing the U.S. with much-needed stability on that event.

Kyla Ross Now

Unlike the rest of her Fierce Five teammates, who took time off following the Olympic Games, Ross never really stopped training, basically going from the gym in London right back to her gym in California. In the ensuing year, she grew several inches and worked with choreographers and dance pros on movement and presentation. It was a new, more mature Ross who took the floor at the 2013 U.S. Championships, stunning spectators with her ladylike style and gazelle-ish new routines on beam and floor. Now a U.S. team leader with her experience and poise, Ross placed second all-around at the 2013 World Championships and won silver medals on uneven bars and balance beam. In March, she won all-around silver at the Pacific Rim Championships in British Columbia, followed up with silver at the Secret U.S. Classic, and a bronze at the 2014 World Championships earlier this month in Nanning, China.

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About the Photographer: Christy was a former level 10 & Michigan State gymnast. She later returned to her roots by honing her photography skills- specifically in the sport of gymnastics, where her passion is unmatched. Find more amazing images of current elite gymnasts at

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