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Annia Hatch

Class of 2022· Disciplines(s): Women's Artistic· Inducted as: Athlete

The 1996 World Championships bronze medalist in vault for her native Cuba, Hatch retired from the sport and moved to the U.S. in 1997. After becoming an American citizen in 2001, she was part of the U.S. National Team from 2002-04 and was eligible to represent her new country starting in 2003.

After winning the 2003 national title in vault, Hatch tore her ACL during podium training at the World Championships. She returned to competition just in time to repeat as U.S. vault champion in 2004, compete in the Olympic Trials and qualify for the 2004 Olympic Team.

In Athens, she became the first American woman since Mary Lou Retton in 1984 to win a medal in vault, claiming silver on the apparatus while also winning a team silver.

A gymnastics coach for more than 20 years, in 2016, she launched the Annia Cares Project, whose mission is to serve athletes and families in the poorest communities in the world and across the country. Hatch received a degree in Fashion Design and Business Merchandise from Biggs College and serves as a Brevet judge, motivational speaker, and clinician and currently serves as Executive Director of the Professional Gymnastics League, PYL. She currently resides in Long Island, N.Y., with her children, Faith and Andron, and her mother Maria.