Black Gymnasts in History: Annia Hatch


Read our profile of Annia from 2016: 

Annia Portuondo Hatch Wooten- now that long name has a long and very impressive story to go with it.

I met Annia after receiving a call from the legendary Muriel Grossfeld. She said that Annia needed help as she was making a comeback for the Olympic Games. I knew her then-husband, the wonderful coach Alan Hatch, so of course I would do whatever I could. They did not need my help!

Anna went on to make the 2003 World Championship Team – but suffered a devastating knee injury. Lo and behold, she came back to win the team and individual silver medal at the 2004 Olympics on her signature event – vault.

After the Olympics, Annia had a great career as a fashion designer – I had a chance to go see one of her shows in NYC.

I am so grateful that Annia and Alan came to one of my foundation’s galas and Annia performed on beam- so super cool- she was gracious and gave great encouragement to the students in both English and Spanish.

Do read about Annia’s incredible journey here:

Annia Hatch- stylish, determined and gracious- we are proud to salute you today for Black Gymnasts in History.


Watch a video of Annia shortly after being named to the 2004 U.S. Olympic team:

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