Athlete of the Week: Annie Juarez

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.

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