Hamburger Abendblatt - Ludwig & Walkenhorst must be patient

13th April 2017

The comeback of the Olympics women from the HSV is waiting longer than hoped.However, the first hardness test is imminent.

Hamburg. Last Saturday they gave eight young people at a camp of the Deutsche Bahn in the beachcenter at the Alter Teichweg for four hours of tips for digging and setting. Four boys and girls between the ages of 14 and 17 had won a training day at a raffle race. On Sunday afternoon they wore the German handball ball in the Barclaycard-Arena to the Siegerehrung.

Laura Ludwig (31) and Kira Walkenhorst (26), HSV Olympic Volleyball Olympians, are taking part again. This Thursday, they fly to the training camp in Los Angeles for 14 days. The training is the US top duo Kerri Walsh, three-time Olympic champion, and April Ross and the Czech Barbora Hermannova / Marketa Slukova.

Motto: Do ​​not risk anything

Everything runs after Ludwig's surgery on the supraspinatus tendon of the right shoulder according to a medical plan, the planned Saisoneeinstieg on the national Smart-Beachtour on 6./7. May remain in Münster. The goal is the world's fourth round tournament from 17 to 21 May at the Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, where Ludwig / Walkenhorst won Olympic gold last August.

However, manager Andreas Scheuerpflug does not want to commit to further appointments. "Do not risk anything," is the motto that there is no reason to overthrow something. There is still a lot of time left until the end of the season, the World Cup in Vienna at the end of July / beginning of August.

There is still a lack of strength

"I have to be patient with patience longer than I hoped, but everything will be fine," says Ludwig, who is almost in a state of condition. The intervention in the Berlin Charité at the beginning of December is more than four months ago.

It is true that last year, as the best beach volleyball player in the world, Ludwig has almost completely regained the agility of her right arm; But because she had to stop him for two months, she still lacks the appropriate muscles, which make her powerful on the net. "It's getting better every day," says Ludwig, emphasizing her words with a strong hand. 

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Laura & Kira receiving their award at the Barclaycard Arena on Sunday