|Kyla Ross of the U.S. poses with her gold medal during a ceremony after the women's gymnastics team final in the North Greenwich Arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games July 31, 2012./ REUTERS
COSTA MESA, Calif.--After a 16-year wait and three Olympics, the U.S. women's gymnastics team, fondly called the Fab Five, has captured Olympic gold.
On the winning team is 15-year-old Filipino-American Kyla Ross, the youngest member of the US women's gymnastics team.
Born in Hawaii to a Filipino-Puerto Rican mother and African American-Japanese father, Ross moved to Aliso Viejo, California.
Gym Max has become her training grounds.
Many of the gymnasts here have known her since 2007.
Many of the awards that decorate the gym are a result of Ross' hard work.
”She really deserves it because she works really hard and is probably the hardest worker out of all of us,” said Stacie Webb, who is Ross’ friend at the gym.
“She’s a kid with a lot of heart and a lot of conviction. She's the kind that does something, hangs on and keeps doing it until she gets it right,” said Lenny Liang, Ross’ assistant coach. “That’s something we try to teach to all our athletes and aspiring Olympians.”
As early as 2008, Ross has had her eye on the 2012 games in London.
The young women from the U.S. beat Russia that took silver. Romania took the bronze.