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Annia Hatch started her career competing for Cuba in the late 1980s under the name Annia Portuondo. She first competed in a notable international at around the age of 10. By the time she was 11 years old, Annia had competed in both China and the Soviet Union. Even though she is more commonly associated with the 2004 Olympics, Annia has the distinction of competing directly against memorable 1980s gymnasts such as Chen Cuiting, Fan Di, Elena Shevchenko, and Olga Strazheva. All of which were effectively retired before the 1991 World Championships.
The 1990s were bittersweet for Annia. She had established herself as a capable gymnast and even won a bronze medal on vault at the 1996 World Championships. But Annia was unable to attend the Olympics due to her country not participating in key Olympic qualification events. Annia moved to the United States in 1997, gained American citizenship in 2001, and gained her release from the Cuban WAG program in 2003.
The most impressive part of this story is that after seven years of not competing internationally, Annia rejoined the international ranks as if no time had passed. She won two medals at the 2004 Olympics. But behind the story of a 2004 American Olympian is the story of the Cuban gymnast with a different last name who made her debut at the 1993 World Championships. Annia Hatch is the fascinating story of a gymnast who embarked on a decade of trial and tribulation in order to appear in her first Olympic games.
Olympics & World Championships:
Ibero-American Championships: 5th-AA
China Cup: 6th-AA, 3rd-VT, 4th-UB, 3rd-BB, 3rd-FX
Leningrad International: 4th-FX
Moscow News: 33rd-AA
Caribbean Games: 1st-AA
Cottbus International: 11th-AA, 3rd-FX
US Olympic Cup: 7th-AA
Kosice Cup: 4th-AA, 1st-VT, 4th-BB, 5th-FX
Central American and Caribbean Games: 1st-AA, 1st-VT, 1st-UB, 1st-BB, 1st-FX
World Championships: 10th-AA, 5th-UB
American Cup: Participant
World Championships: 15th Team
Pan American Games: 4th-AA, 3rd-VT, 3rd-UB, 2nd-BB, 5th-FX
Ibero-American Championships: 4th-AA, 3rd-UB, 2nd-BB, 5th-FX
World Championships: 3rd-VT
American Classic: 5th-AA, 1st-VT, 5th-UB, 4th-FX
US Classic: 1st-AA, 1st-VT, 2nd-BB, 2nd-FX, 8th-UB
US Championships: 4th-AA, 2nd-VT, 8th-UB, 5th-FX
American Classic: 1st-VT
Pacific Challenge: 1st-Team, 1st-VT, 4th-BB, 2nd-FX
US Classic: 7th-AA, 1st-VT, 3rd-B, 4th-FX
US Championships: 5th-AA, 1st-VT, 6th-UB, 8th-BB, 8th-FX
US Championships: 1st-VT
Olympic Games: 2nd-Team, 2nd-VT
Results are taken from Score for Score, The Gymternet, GymnasticGreats, My Meet Scores, Gymn-Forum, the official websites of various national gymnastics federations, newspaper clippings, classic gymnastics magazines, and in some cases, were provided by the gymnasts themselves. An explanation for the meaning of these symbols can be found here.