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!
The eagerly awaited DVD/Bluray Ludwig/Walkenhorst Der Weg zu Gold is now available to purchase from the official shop. Go on, buy yourself a copy today! Also new to the official shop are t-shirts signed by Laura & Kira.
13th Feb 17 - Laura & Kira do the Apple Break challenge for charity. Well done Kira! [Video - German]
13th Feb 17 - Update from Kira (Translation):
Very windy... Too bad - actually Jule and I were good on it. But in our last game against the Dutch women van Gestel / Meppelink the wind did not really help us. It was still great to be back on the pitch. Thanks also to Jule, it was huge fun. Now I'm looking forward to going home and especially to the first joint ball training with Laura. [Source]
10th Feb 17 - That's the end of Fort Lauderdale Major for Kira & Julia. It was always going to be a tough ask getting together at short notice, but they did manage to win a few games during their brief partnership. Don't forget to check out the day-by-day review of the tournament.
10th Feb 17 - Walkenhorst/Grossner (GER) - Meppelink/Van Gestel (NED)
Result: 0-2. [Match video]
9th Feb 17 - Walkenhorst/Grossner (GER) - Sweat/Summer (USA) Result: 0-2. [Match video]
9th Feb 17 - Update from Laura: She's jealous of the weather Kira and Julia are enjoying, and the fact that they are playing on court. But she says that she'll soon be up there playing again..... [Source]
9th Feb 17 - Update from Kira (Translation): Super start in Fort Lauderdale. Jule and I have won the first two games. Tomorrow is against the Americans Sweat/Summer. Keep your fingers crossed. [Source]
8th Feb 17 - Walkenhorst/Grossner (GER) - Ittlinger/Mersmann (GER) Result: 2-0. [Match video]
Walkenhorst/Grossner (GER) - Pischke/May (CAN)
Result: 2-1 [Match video]
8th Feb 17 - Audio conversations with Kira. She talks about her first match with Julia, her preparation for Fort Lauderdale and her future goals. [Link]
8th Feb 17 - Easily missed news in the middle of a tournament but Ludwig/Walkenhorst have announced a new sponsor in the form of sun-tan lotion brand Ladival [Source]
6th Feb 17 - Update from Kira (Translation): For a week, Jule and I have been in Florida. Weather is good, conditions are great. We are looking forward to the tournament and we are excited about how we are going to go there. Keep your fingers crossed [Source]
6th Feb 17 - A short promotional piece by Laura Ludwig advertising the 2017 Swatch Major Series. [Link]
2nd Feb 17 - Swatch have now launched their 'BeachStream' for live and on demand coverage of all the matches. make sure you've registered so you're ready to watch the first match at [Link]
26th Jan 17 - Julia Grossner talks to Swatch about being asked to partner Kira Walkenhorst in Fort Lauderdale. She says that she had to think about the decision - but not for long! [Swatch Article]
22nd Jan 17 - Update from Laura: Her shoulder brace has now gone, cannot train at full power but the sand feels great! The Physios promise that after Fort Lauderdale she will be able to train properly with Kira again. [Source - German]
9th Jan 17 - Zeit Magazine have published an article on Laura & Kira's daydreams! An unusual topic and it makes an interesting read. An English translation of the article is provided. [Source - German]
8th Jan 17 - Voting closes today for 'The Sport1' competition - Sports Team of the Year. Laura & Kira currently are well in the lead with 40% compared to their nearest competitors at 27% so another win for the duo looks likely..... [Source]
4th Jan 17 - Kira Walkenhorst has found herself a new partner for the start of the 2017 campaing in Julia Grossner. Laura Ludwig is still recovering from her shoulder surgery and will not be fit it time. [Source - German].
3rd Jan 17 - Time to get voting again. This time for the Sport1 Athlete of the Year. At the time of writing Laura & Kira are joint first with 29%. Let's get them off to a flying start in 2017 with a win, even with Laura not being fit to play! [Voting link]
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.
Monster Block Kira!
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.
Many thanks to Julia for postponing her own partnership with Glenzke to assist Kira in Fort Lauderdale Major to finish a credible 17th.