Kocian, Ross set to make history as UCLA opens gymnastics season Saturday

Tasting gold
This year’s U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team, from left, Alexandra Raisman, Madison Kocian, Lauren Hernandez, Simone Biles and Gabrielle Douglas, celebrate their gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
(Los Angeles Times)

Madison Kocian and Kyla Ross are expected to become the first Olympic gold medalists to participate in a college gymnastics meet when No. 4 UCLA opens its gymnastics season against No. 17 Arkansas on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion.

Kocian, a freshman from Dallas, helped the United States to a gold medal in the team competition at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and also won silver as an individual in the uneven bars.

Ross, a freshman from Aliso Viejo, helped the U.S. to win team gold at the 2012 Olympics in London.

UCLA is the defending Pac-12 Conference team champion and was the pick to win again this year in a vote of conference coaches.


The Bruins return with All-Americans Angi Cipra and Christine Peng-Peng Lee, along with all-conference selection Katelyn Ohashi and Pac-12 uneven bars co-champion JaNay Honest.

Twitter: @MikeHiserman


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