Adversity, faith give perspective to local gymnast’s drive to excel

Exceeding expectations is not an unusual occurrence in the life of Zach Peters.

The 15-year-old sophomore at Center Grove High School is a rising national-level gymnast, having just won his second consecutive Junior Olympic national championship for his age group in the vault competition.

When he won the event last year in Portland, Oregon, he kind of came out of nowhere. In May, he defended his title in Long Beach, California, again defying the odds as a Midwesterner in a sport dominated at the youth level by athletes from California and Texas.

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