By Kate Guerra
Annette Miele is a gymnast of many interests. Take her academics, for example. When asked what her favorite subject is, she will excitedly tell you how cool she thinks it is that she gets to dissect cats in anatomy class. The 17 year-old from Parkettes in Allentown, Pa., also works at a local Dairy Queen (where she doesn’t get free ice cream).
Miele started gymnastics at two years old when her parents got tired of messes she would make when tumbling about the house. She came to Parkettes when her former coach, the well-known gymnast Natalia Yurchenko, moved to the gym. She qualified for the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup at the Parkettes Invitational.
A Level 10 gymnast since 2006, Miele has qualified for the Visa Championships every year since 2008, which she notes as her greatest accomplishment. In 2008, she placed 10th in the all-around at the Visa Championships, qualifying for the national team. She will attend the University of Michigan in June with a full gymnastics scholarship.
Her favorite event is vault, where she throws a Yurchenko one-and-a-half. She loves the brevity of the event and how the speed gets her excited. She has dealt with a lot throughout her gymnastics career, including coming back from a back injury, and sees her greatest strength as her easy-going personality.
“I think I’m just a very open-minded person,” Miele said. “I’m up for trying new things and I don’t let anything stop me in my life. I just work as hard as I can.”