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Euro champ Doris Schwaiger retires

Doris Schwaiger has played on the World Tour since 2003
Lausanne, Switzerland, May 30, 2014 – Doris Schwaiger, one half of the CEV European champions, has announced her retirement from beach volleyball. 

The elder of the Schwaiger sisters made her announcement during the CEV Masters tournament in Baden, where she was playing with her sister and long-term playing partner Stefanie, 27. 

The Austrian’s most recent appearance at an FIVB tournament was the Prague Open in May, where they finished fourth, while their best ever finish on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour was second at the 2013 Shanghai Grand Slam. 

“Over the years I have slowly lost motivation,” she said, “and I have ignored that for too long.”

The sisters first appeared together at the 2002 FIVB U19 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Xylokastro and then made their World Tour debuts the following year at the Klagenfurt Grand Slam. 

During their 12-year partnership the sisters appeared at both the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games, where they twice reached the quarterfinals. In the latter they made history as the only team to take a set off three-time champions Kerri Walsh-Jennings and Misty May-Treanor. 


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