Have a look at the 'Rio 2016' section where there is a compilation of match reports, pictures, statistics, vidoes, articles, and much more. Relive the epic Summer of 2016 all over again!
The eagerly awaited DVD/Bluray Ludwig/Walkenhorst Der Weg zu Gold is now available to purchase from the official shop. Go on, buy yourself a copy today! Also new to the official shop are t-shirts signed by Laura & Kira.
20th May 2017 - Laura & Kira visit the monument to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. It looks like they have discovered their names on one of the Gold Medal plaques. So this tournament ends with a Gold Medal after all! [Photograph]
19th May 2017 - Match 4 - Ludwig/Walkenhorst vs Pavan/Humana-Paredes on Court 1. Result: 0-2 (17:21, 13:21) This brings L&W's Rio tournament to a close finishing in 5th position.
Match 3: Ludwig/Walkenhorst vs Ukolova/Barsuk or Davidova/Shchypkova
8.00pm GMT on Court 3. Result: 2-0 (21:13, 21:15)
L&W's thoughts on Day 1 (Translation):
Incredibly tough games with a lot of hard work on the 1st day and very happy about the team performance!
Tomorrow we are waiting for our opponent for the second round in the single elimination. But first, it means sleep 😝
best regards, Your girlzzzz
18th May 2017 - Match 1: Ludwig/Walkenhorst vs Lusson/Jupiter (FRA). Result: 2-0 (22:20, 21:19) [Video]
Match 2: Ludwig/Walkenhorst vs Juliana/Carol (BRA). Result: 2-1 (14:21, 21:19, 20:18)
Full tournament updates/news/schedules etc can be found on the Rio Tournament News Page
12th May 2017 - Translated FB Update:
Before we get into the heat, we had once again the full contrast program: shooting at the Baltic Sea at 11 °. What Mirja has done from two freezing beach volleyball players is once again the hammer. You can not see how much we have frozen - you can find the pictures on our Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/lauraludwig_kirawalkenhorst/
A big thank you to all who were there, to Silke from the Timmendorfer Strand Touristik and the hotel Seeschlösschen, which supported us super. We are looking forward to seeing you again at Timmendorf. But if we're to be honest, we're still looking forward to 30 ° in Rio, Your girlzzzzz
Also today a new moody L&K photo by Mirja Geh [Photo]
7th May 2017 - An amazing day in Münster! An early start to the day where the duo beat Bieneck and Schneider, then a quick break before a nailbiting match against Meppeling and van Gestel. Another win, so on to the final against Labourer and Sude. After many many matchpoints the Golden Girls won GOLD! A full tournment report will be on the Munster 2017 tournament page shortly.
6th May 2017 - The second day of the Münster tournament. A full report of the days matches can be found [here]. Considering is the first competitive match the duo have played in many months and Laura is still recovering from her op, winning two of the three games is an encouragine result. Social media update from the duo [here].
4th May 2017 - A lovely short 'Jumping Analysis' video by Biomychanics showing the detailed analysis that takes place on L&Ks jumping to make sure that every jump they do is executed to perfection. [Video]
29th April 17 - Social media update. The @Lalu86 Instagram account would now appear to be defunct. :( But L&K have created a shiny new account with some new pictures!
26th April 17 - Laura & Kira are now ambassadors in a tie-up between Bridgestone and the German Olympic Sports Federation to inspire and motivate people to fight for their dreams. Before you go and buy yourself some new Bridgestone rubber, have a look at their 3-minute promotion film which was made last week at Tenerife. [Video]
20th April 17 - Another training update. A very short video cycling on their way to train with April & Keri. And in the afternoon they will be training with the Czech duo Makki & Ba. [Video] [Picture]
19th April 17 - Update video from Laura & Kira showing them training hard in preperation for their first tournament together this year. [Video]
17th April - L&K at the beach watching some BVB. But of course, they'd rather be playing..... :) [Picture]
16th April 17 - Laura & Kira give a Happy Easter to their fans from their current location in America and share a picture of their lunch which is complete with hidden Easter Eggs! [Picture]
13th April 17 - Article in Hamburger Abendblatt which discusses L&Ws latest award and their upcoming tournaments. [English translation]
10th April 17 - Laura and Kira pick up the "Team 2016" category award in the Sport1 awards at the REWE Final Four in the Barclaycard Arena Hamburg [Article - English Translation]
Today the duo have been watching the Handballers. A mega atmosphere and an exciting game apparently. [Picture]
[Older news can be found archived in the forum]
Retail price: £10.99 (Steam Store) The game is currently in 'Early Access' which means that there are still a few bugs to be ironed. However, having played the game for many hours I can say that it is a very good Beach Volleyball simulation. Physics have been accurately simulated and the gameplay is smooth, making it a very enjoyable game to play.
Monster Block Kira!
Still tapping your feet to the tunes played at Rio 2016?
The chances are you're thinking of the music played by DJ Roueche. He has released a special 36 minute "Thank You Rio" megamix featuring the most popular tunes from the arena. Well worth a listen.
Seven months without the Ludwig-Walkenhorst partnership playing a competitive game together. Laura still recovering from the shoulder op and limited to underarm serving. This tournament was all about getting match-ready for events later in the year.
But of the Golden Girls played brilliantly and despite all the hurdles came away with the Gold Medal!