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Rio 2016 - GOLD

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! 

Ludwig Walkenhorst Rio 2016 Gold Medal

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L&K Merchandise

­The  DVD/Bluray Ludwig/Walkenhorst Der Weg zu Gold is now available to purchase from the official shop. Well worth a watch! Unfortunately the audio is entirely in German and there are no English subtitles.

 

Ludwig/Walkenhorst Der Weg Zu Gold

21st June 2017

A lovely 1 minute behind the scenes video of Laura & Kira's recent photoshoot in Germany. It certainly looks chilly outside! [Video link]

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16th June 2017

​The Hague - Match 3: Ludwig/Walkenhorst vs May/Pischke (CAN). Result: 2-0 (21:18, 21:19)

​Match 4: Ludwig/Walkenhorst vs Heidrich & Vergé-Dépré (SUI) Result: 0-2 (16:21, 16:21)

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15th June 2017
​The Hague - Match 1: Ludwig/Walkenhorst vs Meppelink/Keizer NED).

​Result: 2-0 (21:19, 21:15). A convincing performance.

 

The Hague - Match 2: Ludwig/Walkenhorst vs Bieneck/Schneider

​Result: 1-2 (20:22, 21:8, 9:15)

​Some unusual scorelines, going from 13 points clear in Set 2, and then 6 behind in Set 3! 

​L&K finish the Pool in second position behind Bieneck/Schneider.

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11th June 2017

The Rheinische Post Beach Challenge (Dusseldorf) comes to a close. Perhaps not the match results L&K fans would hope for but credit must be given to the organisation. Just 5 weeks preparation to create the event and they bring together sponsors, top teams, HD multi-camera live streaming of all matches, etc. It sort of puts the FIVB efforts to shame

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Rheinische Post Beach Challenge (Dusseldorf)  - Match 3: L&W vs Verge-Depre & Heidrich. Results 0-2

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10th June 2017

Rheinische Post Beach Challenge - Match 1: L&W vs Slukova & Hermanova. Result: 0-2 (16:21, 17:21). 

​Match 2. On the advice of their Coach Kira will not be participating in this match as she continues to recover from the cold she picked up at Moscow during the lsat tournament. Kiesling stepped in to fill Kira's shoes against Ittlinger & Mersmann but unsurprisingly they lost.

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Update from L&K's FB feed (translated) as they prepare for their mini-tournament in Dusseldorf this weekend:

"Sometimes everything goes very fast ....
Five weeks ago, our coach Jürgen Wagner said that before the World Cup, we still need gameplay with high-caliber opponents. We had only one idea and of course contact with other international top teams.
In the meantime we have found a supporter with Dusseldorf and with Peter Schmitz (hall man) an organizer - specially built for the tournament fields at the Hall Mensch, teams invited, a hotel partner and a shuttle service found, a small grandstand built , Found a press partner, obtained permits from the associations, etc.
We would never have thought that a tournament with top international teams could be organized in the short term - but today at 12.00 we are playing the tournament against the Czech Hermannova-Slukova on the court - the game is also a re-match of the European Championship finals , They will be joined by Fernando BRA, vice-olympic champion Barbara, Olympic champion Joana Heidrich with Anouk Vergé-Déprés (SUI), and the Düsseldorf local teams Ittlinger-Mersmann and Schillerwein-Tillmann.
In addition to a high-profile field, there was a completely new special arrangement for us: since Kira was lying flat almost all week after our Snow Volley tournament in Moscow, we can compete for the first time in the history of beach volleyball with substitute players. Elena Kiesling is ready to go in the second game of the day for Kira. Thanks in advance for your help, Ela. [...] Your girlzzzzz"

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8th June 2017

A 60 minute interview (in German) of Laura Ludwig by hockey star Moritz Furste. [Soundcloud link]

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2nd June 2017

Moscow Match 3 (Round 2) Ludwig/Walkenhorst vs Sweat/Summer. Result 0-2 (19:21, 13:21)

On a more positive note the Golden Girlz new website now appears to be live and can be found at www.ludwig-walkenhorst.de Unfortunately there still isn't an English version of the website.

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1st June 2017

Moscow Match 1, Ludwig/Walkenhorst vs Rehackova/Dostalova, M. Result: 2-1 (14:21, 21:19, 15-9)

Match 2: LudwigWalkenhorst vs Antonelli/Carol. Result (17:21, 21:17, 15:13)

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L&K are looking for help with their new website homepage. Help them out and get a chance to win one of their balls! [Link]

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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]

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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)

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[Older news can be found archived in the forum]

 

Have you seen this epic prank on Laura Ludwig?

New PC Beach Volleyball Game out now!


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.

 

Volleyball Unbound - Pro Beach Volleyball
Fort Lauderdale Major News
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Monster Block Kira!

Here comes the Boom­­

­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.

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SMART Beach Tour - Münster 2017


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!

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Ludwig Walkenhorst Beach Towel
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FIVB World Tour - The Hague 2017 (Laura Ludwig & Kira Walkenhorst)

Balls!

The new Ludwig/Walkenhorst Special Edition ball by Mikasa is now available to purchase from the Mikasa store!

Mikasa Ludwig/Walkenhorst S.E. Beach Volleyball - FIVB Approved
Mikasa Ludwig/Walkenhorst S.E. Beach Volleyball - FIVB Approved