ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) Overcoming an injury to return to form is one challenge in itself for an athlete, but following up said injury to compete for a world championship is a feat for everyone to gawk at and that's exactly what one Boylan junior is doing.
16-year-old Daniela Zavala is about a week out from competing in the 23rd Trampoline and Tumbling World Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Zavala joins Team USA while representing the Gymnastics Academy of Rockford, where she has trained for nearly a decade.
Two years ago, she tore ligaments in one of her ankles and still feels the after effects, but she does not want to dwell on her injury.
"It's taken a lot because I've had constant injuries with my left ankle and that was rough to get through with a lot of hours in the gym training," said Zavala. "It's really special because I know I did not want that to be the reason I stopped and I did not want it to hold me back at all. I really wanted to push through it and it's really satisfying to see that. At first, it took a little bit, but I think right now I'm at a point where I'm pretty strong with it. I really try not to think about it in practice which is kind of hard but I think right now I'm at a good point with it."