12 years ago vaulting was completely different. And we loved it anyway, because we didn’t know what else was possible. Then there came a few changes in the rules & vaulting changed completely. That’s one of the best things of the sport, that it always develops itself new. A squad has now 6 instead of 9 vaulters, a triple doesn’t consist of someone on the neck, a standing base and a flyer anymore, today music with vocals is allowed (sometimes it seems, Ingelsberg stayed with the musical style), a freestyle is now 4 instead of 5 minutes long and the horses are much fitter than a decade ago.
It is impressive which exercises they show but the theatrical part came a little bit later. In fact, Ingelsberg changed the vaulting world completely two years later with their “Dance of the Vampires” freestyle which brought them the silver medal at the European championships. But in 2003, they weren’t the best German team, Mainz-Laubenheim qualified for the European championships in Saumur and won the golden medal.