Annie Hatch

Cuba-born Annie Hatch first represented her home country since she was four years old. She qualified for the 1996 Olympics, which was held in Atlanta at that time, but the Cuban Olympic Committee did not have the necessary funds to support her. Short of taking personal loans, she had to give up that chance in 1996, but she never wavered and still practiced. The following year, she met Alan Hatch, an American who married her.

Her lawyers then started processing her naturalization, and by 2004, she was not only qualified but also naturalized. The gymnast wowed the judges during the 2004 Athens Olympics, where she won two silver medals. Realizing she could also teach future Olympians, Hatch turned to coaching after 2004. She also worked in fashion and developed her own fashion line. She has been living in Ashburn, Virginia, since 2012.