A torn left ACL sustained during a competition in France over the weekend has ended Julie Croket's chances for the London Olympic Games.
Croket, the Belgian star with the elfin face, has been arguably the best in her country since becoming a senior in 2010. Her engaging and difficult floor routine, which delighted the home crowd in event finals at this year's European Championships, made her a darkhorse favorite for an event final in London.
According to the broadcaster Rtbf.be, the Belgian Federation hopes to replace Croket, who turns 18 on July 1, with 2008 Olympian Gaelle Mys, the second strongest gymnast on the team at the European Championships. Mys will have to receive approval from the Belgian Olympic Committee before she'll be cleared to represent her country at the Olympics.
After Euros, when it appeared Croket had the country's single Olympic berth wrapped up, Mys wished Croket the very best in her preparations, saying she didn't consider Croket a rival.
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