Athlete of the Week: Annie Juarez

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FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) – In a long line of successful DeVeau’s gymnasts, Annie Juarez is one of the elite.

“Annie is just the most bubbly, vivacious child you will ever meet. She is a fierce competitor. She’s super powerful,” said Joan DeVeau, owner of DeVeau’s Gymnastics.

She’s worked her way up to the sport’s top level, and just this past summer, she made an appearance at Junior Nationals, landing on the podium in the vault and top 10 all around.

“Just to be in that atmosphere, and everyone’s doing their best, and a lot of girls are really good and just knowing you’re one of them, it’s definitely really cool,” Juarez said.

But while many young gymnasts are eyeing gold, Juarez has had her eyes on a different kind of payout: an education.

“I was in like fifth grade when I realized the Olympics were really hard, and I didn’t want to do that, so I started to look toward college gymnastics. It’s always been my dream since I was little,” she said.

It was that performance at Junior Nationals that’s earned her a scholarship to Sacramento State University, where she hopes to study exercise science. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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