Fowler perseveres at perfecting her gymnastic skills

LEWISTON, ID - Michelle Fowler is this week's P1FCU Prep Athlete of the Week.

Fowler is your typical student athlete, but her sport has a twist.

She hasn't picked up a bat or shot a ball through a hoop. She has flipped, tumbled and cheered.

Working through torn muscles, broken bones and bruises, gymnasts make tumbling look as if it's no big deal, but Michelle Fowler, who competed in gymnastics for ten years before becoming a cheerleader, said it's definitely not easy.

"It's really not," said Fowler. "It's a lot of technique and you have to put a lot of time into learning all the beginning skills to be able to do all the hard stuff."

And it's the hard stuff that Fowler is especially good at, in fact she's the only girl on her squad that can do a round-off, back handspring, full.

"I practice my full a lot and it's something I'm really proud to do because nobody else can really do that around here, said Fowler.

The reason she's on level all her own is because she doesn't limit herself to practicing at school. When the lights go out at Lewiston High, she's elsewhere perfecting her skills.

"On Mondays after cheer practice at the high school I go over to 360 gymnastics and do my tumbling class," said Fowler.

But tumbling isn't all it's cracked up to be. Although she loves it, she's had some nasty injuries.

"I broke my elbow, doing a round-off back handspring," said Fowler.

Despite the setbacks, she's persevered and her success has not only come in the gym, but also in the classroom.

"I do pretty good in school," said Fowler. " I always try my hardest."