Kyla Briana Ross was born on October 24, 1996 in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Jason and Kiana Ross. Her father is of black and Japanese ancestry, and her mother is of Filipino and Puerto Rican descent. She has two younger siblings, and she attends Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo, California.
On July 1, 2012, Ross was selected to represent the USA on the Women Gymnastics Olympic team. Ross is the youngest of the five team members and the Olympics will be her first major international competition. During the team competition she contributed scores of 15.133 in the balance beam and 14.933 on the uneven bars. Ross and her teammates won the team gold medal on July 31, 2012.
Ross retired from competive gymnastics in early 2016. Ross competes for the UCLA Bruins.