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Montreal Wins Gives Croket 'High Hopes' for Upcoming Europeans
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Belgium's Julie Croket told IG she heads into the upcoming European championships with confidence after she won the all-around, vault and floor exercise titles at the recent International Gymnix meet in Montreal.

"My performance in Montreal gave me high hopes that I can perform well in Berlin," Croket said. "I'm well aware of the fact that one mistake might involve big consequences. I hope to get that little bit of luck to perform to my utmost best."

The 2011 European Championships take place April 6-10 in Berlin, and feature senior individual competition.

Croket said she was pleased with her all-around score of 55.725 in Montreal, which she achieved despite a fall on uneven bars. She went on to win four medals in the apparatus finals — gold on vault and floor exercise, silver on balance beam and bronze on uneven bars.

"The fact that I performed well in the all-around with a fall gave me the confidence I needed for the apparatus finals," Croket said. "It was very important for me to perform well on the beam after my fall from the beam in Rotterdam (2010 World Championships)."

Croket said she was particularly satisfied to win floor exercise in Montreal.

"Floor exercise is my favorite apparatus," she said. "When I'm doing it, I feel like 'home.' Still, I have to improve. I must try to avoid several little mistakes."

Croket, whose goals for Europeans include solid results in the all-around and floor exercise, said her focus until Berlin will be on refining her routines.

"I don't expect me to win a medal, but I will be satisfied when the obtained points are high," she told IG. "My routines in Berlin will not differ a lot from the ones in Montreal. Some minor skills will be added. There's really no time left to train difficult elements."

Read "Gaining Confidence," a profile on Croket, in the November 2010 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To order back issues or subscribe to IG, click here.

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