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Olympic champion Brink confirmed with Fuchs for new season

Olympic champion Julius Brink is set to link up with Sebastien Fuchs
Frankfurt, Germany, March 6, 2013 – Olympic champion Julius Brink has been confirmed to play with Sebastien Fuchs in 2013 following the announcement of beach volleyball teams by the German Volleyball Federation on Thursday.

The Brink-Fuchs partnership was originally mentioned following the retirement of Brink's long-term partner Jonas Reckermann.

The 26-year-old Fuchs announced himself on the beach volleyball scene when he won the 2003 FIVB U19 World Championships alongside Thomas Kaczmarek. He played once with Brinks last year, when they achieved a 17th place finish at the Beijing Grand Slam and he also competed at the Berlin and Stare Jablonki Grand Slams.

Reckermann was forced to retire due to a persistent shoulder injury following the duo’s gold-medal success at the London 2012 Olympic Games, in which they defeated 2011 FIVB world champions Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti in a thrilling final.

It was a fitting way for the 2009 FIVB world champions to bring the curtain down on a partnership that began earlier that year, but with the road to the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games already starting to take shape, the German Volleyball Federation (DVV) were keen to pair Brinks with someone with whom he can mount a successful defence of his Olympic title.

"We have a current Olympic champion and we have a player who is definitely a possibility for Rio," DVV president Thomas Krohne said.  "We believe that Sebastian Fuchs has incredible potential and that is why we chose him, because we have confidence in him.”

Brinks and Fuchs will be the leading men’s pair in a strong German stable that also features Germany’s other London Olympians Jonathan Erdmann and Kay Matysik as well as Sebastian Dollinger and Stefan Windscheif and Eric Koreng and Alexander Walkenhorst.

The women’s teams will be spearheaded by Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler. After they reached the last 16 at London 2012, they won their first Tour medal with bronze at Stare Jablonki and then won their first ever Tour gold, at the Aland Open.

Laura Ludwig will also line-up with a new partner after Sara Goller retired following their run to the London 2012 quarter-finals. Ludwig will now play alongside Kira Walkenhorst, who won the 2012 U23 European Championships with Chantal Laboureur, and also played in six FIVB World Tour events with Geeske Banck.

Karla Borger and Britta Buthe will be the third main women’s team. They continue a partnership that dates back to 2010 and one which reached the quarter-finals of the Rome Grand Slam and European Championships last year.

It is already shaping up to be a busy year for Germany’s teams, who will be targeting success at the FIVB World Championships in Stare Jablonki, Poland from July 1-7, the European Championships in Klagenfurt, Austria, July 30-August 4, the Berlin Grand Slam that runs from August 7 to 11 and the German Championships in Timmendorfer beach from August 30-September 1.

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