FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

Berlin GRAND SLAM | 6 - 11 août 2013

#BerlinGS


Press release

Brink hopeful of 2013 return as Germany's golden pair celebrate London anniversary


Reckermann and Brink became the first European team to win Olympic gold, when they won at London 2012

Berlin, Germany, August 10, 2013 – A year ago to the day Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann woke up in their beds at the London 2012 Olympic Village with something extra to put in their baggage for their journey home – Olympic gold medals.

Life post-London has taken the pair in different directions. Reckermann retired and has combined completing his teaching degree with work for Germany’ Sky Television. Brink meanwhile began a new partnership with Sebastian Fuchs. However, he has been plagued with injuries and last competed at the Corrientes Grand Slam in May. 

The 31-year-old had hoped to be back for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, but his ongoing thigh problems ruled him out once again. However, he is hopeful of returning to competition in 2013, but is refusing to say when or where. 

“It has been a serious injury and didn’t face it like that at the beginning,” he said. “I thought it was a small rupture and thought ‘give me four weeks and I’ll be back’, but it is taking a longer time. It is not that mysterious and dangerous, it needs to have a serious treatment and serious period away from full training and full playing. 

“I won’t say when I will be fit. I will be fit and as soon as it comes I will announce it. I’ll try my very best to be back this year, but I cannot say which tournament that will be.”

Brink and Reckermann’s gold medal success has been the highest point of a period in which German teams have enjoyed a run of success in international tournaments. 

World Championships medals

Karla Borger and Britta Buthe won silver at the 2013 World Championships, while Kay Matysik and Jonathan Erdmann succeeded Brink and Reckermann as bronze medal winners. Victoria Bieneck and Isabell Schneider won gold at the inaugural FIVB U23 World Championships and Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst returned from the recent CEV European Beach Volleyball World Championships with the bronze medals. 

It is success that doesn’t surprise the pair and something that they feel has been a long time in coming for the German Federation.

“We always had a good national tour. It is very important for the younger players that they have good competitions and get experience,” Reckermann said. “Germany has always had good teams, good coaches and good structure and the Federation support young players early in their careers. 

“Now maybe it is payback time and we get some success back. It starts with the youth and I don’t think it is a coincidence that two teams won medals at the World Championships. We are continuing to improve and I think Germany is now the third best beach volleyball country in the world.”

In the Olympic final Brink and Reckermann beat 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball world champions Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego 2-1 (23-21, 21-16, 16-14). It was a merited victory and while Reckermann dominated his opponents at the net, Brink swept up anything that got past his teammate.

Their gold medal was one of 11 that Germany won in London and since returning from the 2012 Olympics the 2009 world champions have found themselves in much demand from press and fans alike. 

“The day after started right after the ceremony, there were lots of media requests,” Brink said. “We’ve never had such a big achievement before in our career and that overrode everything we had enjoyed winning in the years before. I just know we went back to the Olympic village and did some television shows.

“It is not a life like a superstar or a life like a soccer player, but it is definitely a wider bunch of people who recognise you when you are not dressed like a beach volleyball player.”

Download highresolution

| More

More press releases

   
12.08.2013 02:17:53
Double Brazilian joy rounds off Berlin smart Grand Slam

Berlin, Germany, August 11, 2013 – Talita Antunes and Taiana Lima rounded off a good week for Brazil when they won the Berlin smart Grand Slam on Sund... More...

11.08.2013 17:38:53
Talita and Lima break German hearts with gold at Berlin smart Grand Slam

Berlin, Germany, August 11, 2013 – Talita Antunes and Taiana Lima broke German hearts when they fought back from four match points down to beat Katrin... More...

11.08.2013 12:53:45
Berlin smart Grand Slam set for dream finale

Berlin, Germany, August 11, 2013 – Germany’s leading duo Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler remain on course for their first FIVB Beach Volleyball World... More...

11.08.2013 09:01:26
World Tour leaders and home favourites in line for Berlin showdown

10.08.2013 20:36:19
Vitor Felipe and Evandro complete golden run at Berlin smart Grand Slam

10.08.2013 18:32:17
Slukova and Kolocova happy to be party poopers at Berlin smart Grand Slam

09.08.2013 20:35:23
Men’s final four eye medals at Berlin smart Grand Slam

09.08.2013 20:08:07
Italian qualifiers keep up run to last four at Berlin smart Grand Slam

09.08.2013 18:56:44
Borger and Sude lead home charge at Berlin smart Grand Slam

08.08.2013 19:56:34
Russians and Brazilians set for early showdown at Berlin smart Grand Slam

08.08.2013 19:29:46
Kessy and Ross hit their stride as women get underway at Berlin smart Grand Slam

08.08.2013 17:32:10
World leaders roar into form at Berlin smart Grand Slam

07.08.2013 19:18:49
Big names off to strong start at Berlin smart Grand Slam

07.08.2013 18:46:57
European champs continue good form at Berlin smart Grand Slam

07.08.2013 16:07:54
Brazilian pair don't hang around to reach main draw at Berlin smart Grand Slam

03.08.2013 16:12:02
Ricardo back for Berlin Grand Slam

18.06.2013 14:24:54
Spotlight back on Germany for FIVB Berlin Grand Slam