Both members of the Fierce Five from the 2012 London Summer Olympics, McKayla, 20, and Kyla, 19, announced their retirements just a day apart.
Kyla wrote on Instagram: “Today I am officially announcing my retirement from elite gymnastics. 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 and I am so fortunate to have been able to accomplish my dreams with the help of my coaches, family, friends, and of course my amazing fans. Having the opportunity to represent the U.S. through gymnastics has been a great honor and experience I will cherish. I would like to thank everyone for all the amazing support I have received over my entire elite career. As I make this transition to collegiate gymnastics and this next chapter in my life, I hope to still inspire people to reach for their dreams!”
McKayla announced her retirement in a new interview: “The reason why I wanted to go to this next Olympics – I finally figured it out. I wanted to show people that when everyone else is up against them, they can get through the struggle and the pain and do it because they love something. One day I was sitting outside and I was like ‘Why am I doing this? Yeah it’s cool that I want to do it and help inspire people but I didn’t know how to be okay with not being a gymnast. I go to a Starbucks or Jamba Juice or anything and they’re like ‘Are you going to the next one?’ Until the other day, I was not OK with saying no and I had no choice in my mind with being something else. I’m just ready to put my worth and value into something else. I’m just ready to be excited about something else. I just got so bored with being unhealthy.”
Gymnasts Kyla Ross and Simone Biles show off their shiny medals after the Women’s All Around Final during day four of the 45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships held at Guangxi Sports Center Stadium on Friday (October 10) in Nanning, China.
Just a few days afterwards, Simone, 17, also captured the gold for the Women’s Floor Exercise Final and silver for the balance beam. Teammate Mykayla Skinner also captured the bronze for the balance beam.
Kyla Ross shows off her silver medal at the 2013 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Belgium held at the Antwerp Sports Palace on Saturday afternoon (October 4) in Antwerp, Belgium.
During the week-long competition, the 16-year-old Olympian picked up two silver medals — one for Uneven Bars and another for the Womens All-Round Final.
Kyla‘s teammate McKayla Maroney grabbed the gold medal for the Vault Final on Saturday (October 5).
“To be completely honest, it was kind of scary,” McKayla shared afterwards. “There definitely was some pressure on me. Looking back isn’t going to help you. Moving forward is the thing you have to do.”
Simone Biles, 16, grabbed the gold for the Womens All-Round Final.
Gabby Douglas and Kyla Ross sit front row during Monday night’s (April 8) Dancing With The Stars taping in Los Angeles.
The two Olympians and Fierce Five members were there to support Aly Raisman, who is competing on the show with partner Mark Ballas.
“So glad I got to come support @Aly_Raisman and @MarkBallas on DWTS! Tune in tonight to see their amazing performance!” Kylatweeted.
Gabby added, “Congrats Aly and Mark you guys did fabulous!!!”
Aly told Glamour after the show, “We don’t get to see each other all that much, so it’s really special when they are here, and they couldn’t have picked a better night to come. Without them, I wouldn’t be in this competition.”