Name Annika Svendsen
Birthday October 1, 1999
Hometown Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Parents Kurt and Andi Svendsen
Siblings Karina and Nik Svendsen
School Minnetonka High School
Grade 12th (2017-2018), Class of 2018
GPA 4.0 GPA
Awards People to People Leadership Ambassador Program, President’s Award for Educational Excellence 2014, Academic Letter 2014-2015, Student Recognition Award 2016, Academic Letter 2015-2016, National Honor Society

Annika Svendsen was born on October 1, 1999 in Minnesota to Kurt and Andi Svendsen. She has a sister, Karina and one brother, Nik. Currently, Annika is a senior at Minnetonka High School and she will graduate from high school in 2018. During her spare time, she enjoys photography. Annika earned Certificate of Appreciation for tutoring underprivileged elementary students during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years.

As a level 7 gymnast in 2010, Annika finished seventh in the all-around with a 36.550, third on uneven bars and fifth on balance beam at the State Championships. Annika moved up to level 8 for the 2011 season where she placed fifth in the all-around, third on uneven bars and fourth on vault and balance beam at the State Championships. She qualified to the Region 4 Championships where she placed first on balance beam with a 9.450.

Annika competed level 9 for two seasons in 2012 and 2013, qualifying to Region 4 Championships both years. She began competing level 10 in 2014. She finished sixth on uneven bars at the State Championships. At the Region 4 Championships, she placed tenth in the all-around and sixth on balance beam and qualified to the Junior Olympic National Invitational Tournament in Jackson, MS. In 2015, Annika finished sixth in the all-around at the State Championships. At the Region 4 Championships, she placed eighth in the all-around and eighth on floor exercise. She qualified to the Junior Olympic NIT in Des Moines, IA where she placed in the top 20 in the all-around. Annika was chosen by her coaches for the Gymnast of the Year award.

In 2016, Annika finished fifth in the all-around and third on uneven bars at the State Championships. At the Region 4 Championships, she placed seventh in the all-around and fourth on uneven bars. Annika qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Ft. Worth, TX. Annika earned Hardest Worker Award and Most Valuable Performer Award at the end of season banquet. In 2017, Annika placed second on uneven bars with a 9.400 at the State Championships. At the Region 4 Championships, she finished sixth in the all-around and second on uneven bars. Annika qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Indianapolis, IN finishing 11th on uneven bars with a 9.500 out of 57 gymnasts.

Currently, Annika is preparing for the 2018 season as a level 10 gymnast where she hopes to qualify to the Junior Olympic Nationals again. She trains 18.5 hours per week at Classic Gymnastics in Chanhassen, MN under coaches Bryon Hough, Charise Schrupp and Sam Walior. Annika is working hard to reach her goal to compete for a college gymnastics team.