“The probably most appreciated competition, the one of the Mixed Pairs, has been marked by the spectacular programme of the Belgians. Julie van Gelder and Sam Pauwels, European Junior Champions in 2007, have further progressed in the art of dance and pantomime. They lead the ranking of the Qualifications before the Pairs from Russia and Great Britain…”
YES, Julie van Gelder and Sam Pauwels won the 2007 Junior European Championships – but, NO, they haven´t further progressed! Sam Pauwels decided to quit after their success in 2007. Since then Julie trained with her new partner Menno van der Ghote. They are a really, really great pair and their routines are very, very artistic. To be honest, the two Belgians are my favourite team in acrobatic gymnastics.
Here´s their balance routine from the recent World Cup in Moscow. It´s the same they showed today at the Europeans. Click play or watch it on YouTube.
On the UEG website you will find more and hopefully better researched competition reports.