The amount of times I've seen Epke compete over the years I've lost count of. The amount of times I've met Epke over the years ZERO! This had to change.
I've always loved watching Epke compete as he is an insane gymnast with the most jaw dropping, crazy, high bar skills. Watching the High Bar final in London still remains one of my favourite gym finals EVER! I've watched it dozens of times the best part for me other than Epke's routine and the admiration from the other gymnasts is Mitch Fenners commentary, it's gymnastics gold. Mitch the professional commentator and coach to Epke trying to remain calm is the best ever!
Move forward to Ljubljana 2015 and I pretty much jumped for joy when I realised that Epke would be competing.
On the first day of qualifications I managed to talk to him from the stands when he was down on the podium, I'd got my leocard signed at last. I turned around and all the kids about 50 of them, had me surrounded all trying to get his autograph, I was pinned into my seat.
During day one of event finals I saw him wandering around and asked him for a photo I asked him if he liked the card and he said he'd seen the picture of it already posted on Twitter. 1 photo later taken by the lovely Sanne Wevers and one happy gymnerd.
Thank you so much Epke, best of luck for 2015 and beyond.