Olympic gold and millions of hearts won:
Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst receive the "SPORT1" at the REWE Final Four for their dream year
The beach volleyball team Laura Ludwig & Kira Walkenhorst was honored with the award "The SPORT1" on Sunday afternoon at the "REWE Final Four" in the Barclaycard Arena Hamburg. In the category "Team 2016", the successful duo for Hamburger SV had triumphed with 42 percent of the votes cast - ahead of the German handball men and RB Leipzig. The duo was thus rewarded for its inspiring performance at the Olympic Games of Rio, when the top athletes with heart and passion were stormed to gold.
"At the award ceremony came the memories of an incredible year 2016 again. Olympics victory, World Cup first, all these honors and awards. That was very emotional, "said Laura Ludwig after the award by SPORT1 presenter Anett Sattler. The two athletes won the DHB Cup in the half-time break of the final. Kira Walkenhorst promised: "In the training we have been running full throttle since December - after all, we want to win a medal at the World Cup in Vienna in August. In May we start the season with a tournament in Münster, then we go to Rio and from June across Europe. We hope for a similarly successful year like 2016. "
In the fan-voting, with the users on SPORT1.de and the Facebook page of SPORT1 their favorites had voted, in the four-week tuning period until the beginning of January over 80,000 votes were given. In the three categories "Team 2016", "Sportswoman 2016" (winner: Angelique Kerber) and "Sportsman 2016" (winner: Nico Rosberg), ten athletes, athletes and teams stood out .
"The SPORT1 - the choice of fans" is very popular with fans and athletes
Since 2002, SPORT1.de has been organizing on its online portal "The SPORT1 - the choice of fans", which is of great importance to the athletes due to the large number of participating users. The "SPORT1" will be accompanied by SPORT1.TV, the SPORT1.fm digital sportsradio and SPORT1's social media channels, including portraits of candidates and assessments of athletes and celebrities to their personal favorites.
Translated article from Handballberichte
Well done Laura & Kira, and thank you to everybody who voted last year on the Sport1 website