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Countdown to Competition Begins for Belgium's Croket
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Belgian standout Julie Croket told IG that she is eager to regain form after a torn left ACL kept her out of this summer's London Olympic Games.

Julie Croket (Belgium)

"My knee is recovering very well," said Croket, who injured herself on floor exercise at a competition in France in June. "I'm ahead of the schedule the doctor prescribed me and I don't have much pain anymore."

Croket, who was otherwise considered a contender for the Olympic all-around and floor exercise finals, said she is closing in on full recovery. She hopes to be fully recovered for next year's world championships in Antwerp.

"The duration of the (rehabilitation) is up to four to six months, and I'm three months away now," she said. "I still have to recover for a while but I already started the countdown."

Croket led Belgium to fifth at the pre-Olympic test event in January in London, where the finish guaranteed Belgium one Olympic berth. She helped the team place a best-ever sixth at the 2012 Europeans in Brussels, in its first appearance in a European team final.

The expressive Croket is a two-time European finalist on floor exercise, finishing fifth in 2011 and eighth in 2012. She won the silver medal on floor exercise at the 2010 Ghent World Cup.

Croket, 18, credits her admirers for keeping her optimistic.

"I'd like to thank all the people, young and old, who have supported me during this difficult time," she told IG. "I have been contacted by people from all over the world."

Read more on Croket in the December 2012 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe, click here.

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