Kyla Ross – PerformHappy Podcast Interview
Welcome, everybody, to the PerformHappy Podcast. Today, we have with us former Elite and Olympic gymnast, Kyla Ross! Kyla was a member of the Olympic Gymnastic team known as the Fierce Five, and is a five-time medalist at world championships! Our conversation covers her journey from Elite to Olympic to Collegiate gymnast, and how that has shaped who she is today
- 0:35 – Gymnastics was love at first sight!
- 2:10 – Mindset shift when she started training for higher levels – she started recognizing the commitment and making sacrifices
- 2:55 – Difficult time finding motivation and drive in the gym – developed my fear of tumbling backwards at 9 or 10 years old
- 3:35 – Kyla struggled to find happiness in the gym when she was struggling with her skills
- 4:45 – As her beam series progressed, she was SCARED. How she worked with coaches and used other surfaces and mental imagery to work through her fear and have full confidence
- 5:35 – Asking for spots and using positive self-talk
- 8:00 – Motivated by other aspects of gymnastics – she stayed focused on what she enjoyed and steered away from negativity
- 9:45 – Support from her parents
- 11:00 – Kyla’s name was called for the Olympic team!
- 12:00 – Kyla’s proudest moment
- 14:10 – Focusing on gymnastics – it became a job instead of her passion
Kyla ended her Elite career and focused on college
- 15:00 – Starting a new chapter. “My heart and passion for the sport changed.”
Set goals and do whatever you can to achieve them!
- 17:00 – Deciding on UCLA
- 18:45 – Determined to do as well as she could to hit perfect routines – do your best
- 20:10 – Kyla’s record-setting path
Being willing to get back up after failing more important than a perfect 10
- 21:10 – You have the power to change the outcome
- 22:00 – Each meet is a fresh start
- 23:00 – Visualizing her routines over and over to get into the competition mindset
- 25:00 – Having doubts held her back – love and passion pushed her through
- 28:20 – Avoiding a toxic mindset
It’s ok to make mistakes! There’s always room for growth.