Comeback of Olympic champion: you just want to play pain-free

"It already looks very smooth," says Laura Ludwig in their merry way after they had watched Kira Walkenhorst in the Training: "You can see that she has not f

Comeback of Olympic champion: you just want to play pain-free

"It already looks very smooth," says Laura Ludwig in their merry way after they had watched Kira Walkenhorst in the Training: "You can see that she has not forgotten it," said the beach-volleyball-Olympic champion on the other. The so-promised Kira Walkenhorst even see your fitness condition namely "a maximum of 60 per cent", but the Essenerin has learned in the past year and a half to position yourself mentally new. "I am currently working only with short-term goals," she says: "These are to play pain free and to have fun."

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this Friday, the 29-Year-old in Düsseldorf gives her Comeback in competitive sport: On the "Road to Timmendorf", the shortened qualifying series of the German Volleyball Federation for the German Beach championship, it will play after a two-year break for the first time in a tournament. At your side, Anna-Lena Green is just 18 years old, and as a hopeful Talent on the beach and traded. "A great, young, fresh partner," as expressed by Laura Ludwig. Kira Walkenhorst had gained in an unusual, but typical way for a search request on your Social Media platforms.

"It is an honour for me to play on Kira's side," says the young low-Saxon. However, excessive admiration want to cast your Kira Walkenhorst immediately: "I don't need a co-player, the stand in awe in front of an Olympic champion. You should all play carefree,“ is the announcement before the Premiere. "The first joint training sessions have been promising," said Walkenhorst time, but admitted: "of Course, to always be on top." Anna-Lena Green is happy, in turn, to the collaboration, expected to make playful a big step forward, well-known but also: "of Course I'll be mega excited."

Kira Walkenhorst had rocked with Laura Ludwig for a few years, the Beach-arenas in the world. The two complemented each other in a congenial way. Here are the quiet block player Walkenhorst, because the lively defensive player Ludwig. Together, they, what there was to win, won, got twice the European title, triumphed in 2016, as the crowning at the Olympics and won also at the world Championships in 2017 and the subsequent World Tour finals. Also in the audience and the sports journalists, the two were good, two, the Duo was voted "team of the year". "Kira was the best player in the world," says Laura Ludwig today, and regrets not the end of their sporting relationship. What, however, was the fact that Kira had lost the Motivation: "you had to stop, because you had stopped your body."

shoulder injuries, glandular fever, especially chronic back problems walk Horst accompanied way, even in sporty good days. More than ten operations she had to endure. At the beginning of 2019, she moved then, "after a seemingly endless, months-long medical Odyssey," a line – the now, one and a half years later, however, as provisionally proved. "Following successful treatment", it explains the once-suffering Athlete, it itched her "again in the fingers". Currently, the problems were fixed "all of them. To me it is as good as for a long time.“

your resignation at the beginning of 2019 had drawn a cascade of the new team in the German Beach Volleyball scene, and some of the Sand stirred up. Laura Ludwig was looking for and found the former indoor record national player Margareta Kozuch as a new game partner. By Kozuch abandoned Karla Borger teamed up with Julia Sude. The brews duped Chantal Laboureur dedicated to the emerging Sandra Ittlinger, whose girlfriend Kim Behrens in turn formed with Cinja Tillmann a new Team. All together, fighting each other for two places for the 2021 suspended Olympic qualification.

Updated Date: 31 July 2020, 06:20

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