19-year-old gymnast who won an Olympic gold medal in 2012 is retiring to be a bioengineering major at UCLA

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Olympic Gymnast, Kyla Ross, Retires from Team USA


On Monday, 19-year-old Olympic gymnast Kyla Ross announced her retirement from gymnastics, withdrawing her name from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Ross won gold in the 2012 London Olympics, becoming part of the "Fierce Five" alongside gymnasts Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, and Jordyn Wieber.

According to Scott M. Reid of the O.C. Register, injury issues, specifically a growth spurt, cut Ross's career short.

Ross released a statement, saying:

"Deciding to retire from elite gymnastics has been one of the most difficult decisions I have made in my life, but I feel 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 USA Gymnastics and all of its staff.

"Having the opportunity to represent the U.S. through gymnastics has been an experience I will always cherish. I hope to still inspire young gymnasts as I transition to collegiate gymnastics and this next chapter in my life."

According to Reid, Ross is now going to attend UCLA with the hopes of becoming a bioengineering major. She's also working at sports medicine doctor's office, according to USA Today's Nancy Armour.

Ross had deferred her entry into UCLA, hoping to make the Rio Olympics, but the growth spurt that affected her strength and rotations became too much to overcome.

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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2015, file photo, U.S. gymnast Kyla Ross poses at the Karolyi Ranch in New Waverly, Texas. Kyla Ross, the youngest member of the âFierce Fiveâ U.S. womenâs gymnastics team that soared to gold at the 2012 Olympics, retired from elite competition on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, rather than make a run at the 2016 Games. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 15: Kyla Ross competes in the women's finals of the 2015 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on August 15, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 15: Kyla Ross competes in the women's finals of the 2015 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on August 15, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Kyla Ross of the US performs on the beam on her way to taking third place in the women's all-around final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, in China's southern Guangxi province on October 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
Kyla Ross of the US performs on the floor during the women's all-around final at the gymnastics world championships in Nanning on October 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO/KAZUHIRO NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
NANNING, CHINA - OCTOBER 10: Gold medalist Simone Biles (L) and Bronze medalist Kyla Ross of United States celebrate during the medal ceremony after the Women's All Around Final in day four of the 45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at Guangxi Sports Center Stadium on October 10, 2014 in Nanning, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
NANNING, CHINA - OCTOBER 08: Kyla Ross of the United States performs on the Balance Beam during the Women's Team Final on day two of the 45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at Guangxi Sports Center Stadium on October 8, 2014 in Nanning, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 23: Kyla Ross competes on the floor exercise in the senior women finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Kyla Ross of the US performs on the uneven bars during women's apparatus final at the 44th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp on October 5, 2013. AFP PHOTO/JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)
US gymnast Kyla Ross performs on the vault during the women's all-around final at the 44th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp on October 4, 2013. AFP PHOTO /JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)
US gymnast Kyla Ross competes in the balance beam qualifications at the 44th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp on October 1, 2013 . AFP PHOTO MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Gymnast Kyla Ross arrives at the 2013 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Olympic gold medalists in gymnastics Kyla Ross, Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, and Gabby Douglas attend the 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: (L-R) Olympic gymnasts Kyla Ross, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney attends the 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: 2012 US Gymanstics Olympians McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and Kyla Ross on NBC's 'Today'>> at Rockefeller Plaza on November 19, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Kyla Ross performs at the Kellogg's Tour Of Gymnastics Champions Exhibition - Los Angeles, CA at Staples Center on September 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: (L-R) McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross, Gabby Douglas and Alexandra Raisman arrive at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: (L-R) Olympic gymnasts McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber are seen leaving a taping of the 'Late Show With David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on August 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND JULY 31, 2012Â2012ÂUSA gymnasts from left Jordan Wieber, Gabrielle Douglas, Mc Kayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman and Kyla Ross celebrate their gold medal in Women's Team Final at the 2012 London Olympics Tuesday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
US gymnast Kyla Ross celebrates with the gold medal on the podium of the women's team final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 31, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/GettyImages)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Kyla Ross of the United States reacts after competing on the balance beam in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Kyla Ross of the United States of America and coach Jenny Zhang hug during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
US gymnast Kyla Ross performs on the beam during the women's qualification of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 29, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/GettyImages)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
US gymnast Kyla Ross performs on the uneven bars during the women's qualification of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 29, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/GettyImages)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 10: Kyla Ross competes in the floor event during the Senior Women's competition on day four of the Visa Championships at Chaifetz Arena on June 10, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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"I've been kind of debating decision for a while," Ross told Armour. "This past year has not been really what I expected. ... I wanted to see if I could push through last few months, but I went into the first national team camp in January and just felt my heart wasn't really there."

"I've been excited to try some, not necessarily new skills, but skills haven't done in a while," Ross added.

Ross was the youngest of the "Fierce Five," turning 26 three months before the 2012 Olympics. Wieber also retired from gymnastics in 2015.

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