2016-06-11 19:30:00 CET
Indescribable week for Hamburg heroes ends with Gold
Ever won a major tournament in the sport you love? Well today Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst did – and they did it in style in front of thousands of their own fans in Hamburg.
The smart Major Hamburg winners were covered in champagne and grinning from ear to ear while clutching their gold medals at the press conference after their historic victory.
“It’s amazing, it’s been an amazing week,” said Kira. “Inside a cool stadium in front of a lot of crowds and friends and family we’ve come through some close matches and won gold in Hamburg – it’s the perfect day.
“It was a dream for sure, we never knew we could do this before but we had a tough fight to get here and we got better with every single game. I can’t describe it – it was perfect.”
Kira’s thoughts were echoed by team-mate Laura Ludwig who couldn’t hide her joy when we spoke to her.
“The crowd, the atmosphere gave me goosebumps,” she said. “We’re so happy and so lucky to have this tournament here.
“It’s been my hometown for almost 10 years and I love this city so much and to have all these internationals playing here, the whole world, is incredible. The interest in our sport is growing and the amount of people inside this stadium…I can’t quite believe it.
“Hopefully we can inspire the next generation of players by winning a tournament like this.
“Before the tournament four German teams were in the top 17 in the world ranking and the public got to see them this week and when that’s possible that’s great for German beach volleyball.”