For Ball State senior, Angie Hosbach, gymnastics was more than something to do growing up -- it was her passion. She was just three years old when she took her first gymnastics class.
“While my older sister was in gymnastics classes, I would kind of escape the waiting room,” Hosbach said. “My mom would have to chase after me. Just by watching it, I just wanted to be out there as a little kid.”
Growing up gymnastics helped give Hosbach confidence and discipline. The traits reflected outside of the gym into activities other than gymnastics.
“I was a little shy as a kid, “Hosbach said. “But when it came to performing, I just snapped on and that carried over into just growing up and meeting new people. Gymnastics isn’t easy, so the hard work I apply in the gym, I apply to my schoolwork and anything I do. I strive for perfection.”
Hosbach’s roommate and teammate Leah Wilson said their first meeting as freshmen at Ball State was unique at first.
“My first impression was she was pretty intimidating,” Wilson said. “She is one of those people who is out there to go get what she wants, then once you get to know her she is one of those really sweet people who will do anything for anyone.
As a senior leader on the team, Ball State head coach Joanna Saleem looks to Hosbach to guide the younger gymnasts as well as help Saleem with her own transition as the Cardinals’ first-year head coach.
“Angie is an athlete that I feel like I can go to and get and honest answer from, “ Saleem said. “If I need to get a feel for how the team is responding or feeling about certain things, I can trust Angie.”
In her first three seasons as a Cardinal, Hosbach competed in three events, but that all changed during a meet at Kent State her junior year when she ruptured her Achilles.
“Angie was having an amazing year and when she took off for her double pike and landed in a pile you kind of knew at that point,” Saleem said. “I was like ‘oh no not Angie.’”
“Her Injury affected me probably more than it should have, Wilson said. “After she fell on floor, I felt like I got hurt with her. I started kind of tearing up.
“You never want to see your best friend and roommate get hurt like that, but Angie is such a trooper. After it happened she tried to dance around on one leg.”
Hosbach never let her injury bring her down. She was determined to come back for her senior season in 2013.
“The first night I didn’t accept it really,” Hosbach said. “It took me a little bit, but when I did realize what happened I wasn’t scared. I just knew it was going to be a rough road. I mentally prepared for that and I wasn’t going to let it stop me from coming back for my senior year.”
After months of grueling rehabilitation, Hosbach is competing her senior season on two events -- bars and beam. She has returned to action with season highs of 9.750 on bars and 9.675 on beam.
“I look at this season as such a big opportunity,” Hosbach said. “I just want to be proud of what I have done. I want to be able to leave a legacy with the younger girls and follow the team next year to see that they are still working hard. I just want to leave with a positive impression on everyone else.”
An impression she made even at age three.
Join The SL Nation:
Connect with over 10,000 other fans and get daily updates and videos with BSU's largest social media network for BSU Sports -- Ball State Sports Link.
Like SL on Facebook:
Follow SL on Twitter:
In 2013-14, Ball State University is the first school in the nation to offer a degree in Digital Sports Production through the Department of Telecommunications. Digital Sports Production is an interactive learning experience combined with an immersive learning project, Ball State Sports Link.
Ball State Sports Link and DSP specializes in multiple areas: live sports TV productions, studio shows, television programs, student-athlete features and webcasts. Other areas of the center include radio, social media and imedia. You can follow SL on Twitter @bsusportslink and see all the student work on Facebook, just search Ball State Sports Link.