Annamari Maaranen hails from Finland, but is currently attending the University of Denver where she is a member of the gymnastics team. Annamari finished third in the all-around competition, and second on the balance beam in 2004 at the Northern European Championships. She won the Finnish all-around championship in 2005 and 2006. . Annamari recently qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Unfortunately, due to an injury, she will be unable to compete.
“I have a dream that everybody in the entire world could be happy. I know is is not possible, but If I there is any way I can make even a few people feel better, I am definitely ready to do it.”