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(Toledo News Now) -
a kid, Miranda Van Hoozen liked the usual stuff: softball, basketball, piano.
Then she found something that combines three sports into one: baton-twirling.
And she's won international titles.
was a passion for Miranda ever since she first tried it when she was 4. Now the
18-year-old spends several days a week working with her coach. It's baton,
gymnastics and ballet all rolled into one.
and you have to have really good cardio because, let me tell you, going through
one routine in two and a half minutes will take the wind out of me," she said.
"Baton-twirling is a whole package – a lot of
people don't understand that," said Coach Andrea Whiting. "A lot of people
think it's just a girl holding a stick on the field, marching. It's so much
more than that. It's definitely very athletic. A lot of grace, talent, everything
goes into it and [Miranda] has taken the dance and gymnastics to make her the
total package that she is."
Miranda is hoping to get a college scholarship through
baton. She competes all over, winning state and regional titles, and even international
"We do competitions yearly," she said. "And every
three or four years we go to worlds in the Netherlands or Belgium, and I just
got back from Disney World last week and that was an international competition