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Mistakes Force Belgium's Meyers To Refocus
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Belgian gymnast Julie Meyers told IG that, despite her disastrous performance at this spring's European Championships in Cluj, Romania, she is in the process of improving and solidifying her routines for better results in the future.


Julie Meyers (Belgium)

"This summer I will keep on training very hard," said Meyers, who will turn 17 on August 17. "I will start with stabilizing my exercises from the European Championships, and after that I will add new elements where it's possible."

Meyers, a member of the ninth-place Belgian team at the 2016 Europeans in Bern, said she was not as prepared as needed for this year's Europeans. In Cluj, she scored just 45.732 for 58th place in qualification, with a low of 8.933 on balance beam. Her performance in Cluj was faulty, but she has already learned from it.

"Before the European Championships my exercises weren't always as stable as they should be," she said. "That is why I fell once on bars. But for beam, which was a real disaster, I first fell with something I normally never fall on, so after that I was quite in a panic, and then the rest was even worse. But I did learn that I [should] never give up too early and that I should always keep on having confidence in myself till the end."

Meyers said her status as a Belgian team reserve for last summer's Olympic Games in Rio has also contributed to her new level of determination.

"Since I was a little girl I wanted to go to the Olympics, and it's still my dream," she said. "Now I'm even more motivated for the Olympics in Tokyo because I was almost there in Rio."

Although the Belgian team includes several talented gymnasts, Meyers most admires two-time Swiss Olympian Giulia Steingruber, who won the 2015 European all-around title and placed third on vault at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

"I like her because she can jump very well on vault and floor, but she is also elegant," said Meyers of Steingruber.

Meyers said she has faith that her proficiency and leadership will continue to have value to the Belgian team.

"I don't think there is an apparatus on which I am especially good," she said. "I can go better for the all-around. They also say I am always there for my team mates and stand them by mentally."

International Gymnast magazine's coverage of Belgian gymnasts includes:

Julie Croket interview (December 2012)
"Gaining Confidence" - Croket profile (November 2010)
"Belgian Beauty" - Nina Derwael profile (June 2015)
"Axelle the Excellent" - short Axelle Klinckaert profile (June 2016)
"Rising Moonen" - Lynn Moonen profile (December 2004)
"Mighty Mys" - Gaelle Mys profile (October 2004)
"Making Her Way" - Aagje Vanwalleghem profile (August/September2004)
Laura Waem profile (August 2014)

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