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Posted December 17, 2012
HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM: Xavier’s Woods springs back into action

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By Tory Brown, Xavier sophomore

CEDAR RAPIDS – Xavier sophomore Julie Woods is frustrated, and happy, at the same time.

“It’s hard to work back to where I left off,” she said. “It’s frustrating when I can’t do things but it’s nice to be back because I have missed it.”

Woods, a gymnasts the past 11 years at the Moser School of Dance and Gymnastics, fractured her ankle and suffered through tendinitis and was out of competition and practice from February to August this year.

“Her injury definitely had an impact on her progress,” said Bernita Moser, who runs the family-owned and operated Moser School with daughters Debbie and Carmen. “But with her hard work and determination, she will be back on top.

Bernita Moser, gymnastics coach

“Yes, it takes time to get back to where she was after her injury, but she will get there and surpass her goals. She is really on her way back and will then go for her next set of goals.”

Woods had the opportunity to go to nationals this year, but the injury ended that dream. She still went on the spring floor and saluted, however.

Not only is Woods a gymnast, she also shows her school spirit – and tumbling talent – by being a cheerleader for both Xavier wrestling and sophomore football teams.

“Cheering for a team rather than competing by yourself is completely different,” she said. “I do like gymnastics better, but I still do enjoy cheerleading for Xavier.”

Woods recently attended her first competition since her injury.

“I’m excited to be back in the swing of things,” she said.

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