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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
As a kid Miranda Van Hoozen
liked the usual stuff; softball, basketball, piano. Later she says she found
something that combined 3 sports into one: baton twirling.
Now, Miranda has won
international titles in the sport.
Miranda is a senior at
Notre Dame Academy, and is a feature twirler at St. John's.
She says baton has been a
passion since she first tried it 14 years ago at the age of 4.
Several days a week,
Miranda works with her coach, Andrea Whiting. Twirling is baton, gymnastics and
ballet combined into one sport.
"Baton twirling is the
whole package, and a lot of people just don't understand that. They 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. She's taken the dance and the gymnastics to make her the total package
that she is," said Whiting.
"[You need] dedication and
you have to have really good cardio because let me tell you – going through one
routine in 2 and a half minutes will take the wind out of me," said Miranda.
Miranda hopes to earn a
college scholarship for baton twirling. She competes at the state, national and
"Every three or four years
we go to worlds, and they're in the Netherlands or in Belgium. I actually just
got back from Disney world last week and that was an international competition
there," said Miranda.