'Who is this kid from Indiana?'


Center Grove area resident Zach Peters, 13, won last month's Level 9 vault event at the U.S. Junior Gymnastics Championships in Oregon. He is pictured with his coach, Gene Watson. Submitted photo.

Zach Peters knew he nailed the vault, a challenging layout double flip with a twist that he had been putting together for three years.

The speed, height and execution were all there, with only the slightest hop on the landing. It was good, very good.

But was it good enough?

His coach thought so.

“I felt like it was going to be a winner,” said Gene Watson of Zionsville’s InterActive Academy. “He was well within being capable. I felt confident going in.”

But this was not just another meet.


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