Gymnast's profile - Julie Croket


Date of birth: 01/07/1994 (21)
Club: GymMAX vzw - Topsportcentrum Ghent
Favourite events: vault and floor exercise

Julie croket has long been seen as the next star of the Belgian team, and she was, before an ACL injury stopped her. She has now made a successful comeback. But let's have a look at the beginning of her career...

As a junior, she had shown great things, including an 8th place team finish and an 8th place on vault at the European Junior Championships in Clermont-Ferrand, in 2008. The following year, she travelled to Tampere (Finland) and the European Youth Olympic Festival, where she ranked 9th in the all-around.

She turned Senior in 2010 and won gold at the Belgian Championship. Selected for the European Championships in Birmingham, she finished 13th with team Belgium, before heading to Rotterdam for Worlds. The Belgian team finished in 15th place, while individually, Julie was 43rd.

The following year, in Tokyo, Belgium narrowly manages to qualify for the Test Event and continues its quest, hoping to send a full team to the London Olympics.

Credit: Belga

Unfortunately, mistakes at the Test Event cost a qualifying spot for team Belgium : in 5th place, Belgian gymnasts missed the Olympic qualification by one point and could only send one gymnast. With her good results at the European Championships in Berlin in 2011 (12th all-around, 4th on beam and 5th floor), Julie is naturally pointed as the number 1 choice. And the Brussels European Championships confirm this choice : with a 6th place team finish, the best result ever achieved, and an 8th place on floor, Julie shows her great skills. Before an injury deprives her from her dream.

We are at the end of June, in 2012, a month before the Olympic Games in London. While refining her preparation in France, Julie gets injured during a competition. The verdict: ACL injury. A few weeks before the Games, it is impossible for her to recover in time... It's finally Gaelle Mys, her teammate in Ghent that is sent to London.

But this injury has made Julie stronger, and she never thought about quitting gymnastics. She made a comeback at the Challenger Cup in Anadia, Portugal, where she qualified for two finals. Unfortunately another injury, elbow this time, deprives her of the World Championships in Antwerp.

She finally returns at the World Championships in 2014, and she contributed to the beautiful 11th place finish of the Belgian team. This year, she was set to compete at the first edition of the Flanders International Team Challenge, in Ghent, before eventually withdrawing due to a knee injury. She will try to win a spot for Worlds in Glasgow in October.

Want to know more about Julie? Watch this great reportage about her made by Sports2Visuals :

2014 - World Championships (Nanning): 11th (team)
2013 - World Challenger Cup (Anadia): 7th (balance beam), 5th (floor exercise)
2012 - Belgian Championships: 1st (all-around)
2012 - European Championships (Brussels): 6th (team), 8th (floor exercise)
2012 - Test Event Olympic Games (London): 5th (team), 5th (all-around)
2011 - International Gymnix Canada (Montreal): 1st (all-around), 1st (vault), 3rd (uneven bars), 2nd (balance beam), 1st (floor exercise)
2011 - European Championships (Berlin): 12th (all-around), 4th (balance beam), 5th (floor exercise)
2011 - World Championships (Tokyo): 16th (team)
2010 - European Championships (Birmingham): 13th (team), 9th (all-around)
2010 - Belgian Championships: 1st (all-around)
2010 - World Championships (Rotterdam): 15th (team), 43rd (all-around)
2010 - World Cup (Ghent): 2nd (floor exercise)
2009 - Belgian Junior Championships: 5th (two events)
2009 - European Youth Olympic Festival (Tampere): 10th (team), 9th (all-around)
2009 - Top Gym (Charleroi): 2nd (all-around), 1st (saut)
2008 - European Junior Championships (Clermont-Ferrand): 8th (team), 8th (vault)
2008 - Belgian Junior Championships: 2nd (all-around)
2008 - Gymfinales (Ghent): 1st (vault)


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