After winning a gold medal as a member of the U.S. Women's Olympic gymnastics team in London on Tuesday, Kyla Ross will soon be training again at a gym in Costa Mesa.
Ross, 15, the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team, also known as the "Fab Five," trains at the Gym-Max Academy of Gymnastics.
Ross, an Aliso Viejo native, and fellow Olympian McKayla Maroney, 16, of Long Beach first met as 8-year-olds at the facility on Century Place.
"Seeing both of them go through London together and achieve what they've been working toward is spectacular," said Lenny Liang, 33, who started as an assistant coach at the gym in 2004, about a year before Maroney and Ross began training there.
Maroney and Ross trained together for almost five years before Maroney relocated to a Los Angeles-based gym, Lenny Liang said.
Liang, the son of coaches Howie and Jenny Liang, said he remembers when Ross first walked through the gym's doors.