Friday, August 19, 2016

Mind trick helps Germans to women's Olympic beach volleyball gold

This is not the team you are cheering for….Oh no… the Germans whup the Brazilians at one of  their favorite sports once again….

Germany's Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst employed a special mind trick to help deal with the raucous home crowd as they crushed hosts Brazil to win the women's Olympic beach volleyball final on Wednesday.
A packed house, loud music and swirling wind on the famed Copacabana beach made for an intimidating atmosphere but the Germans kept their cool to see off Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas 21-18, 21-14.
Afterwards, Ludwig revealed they had practised mind-control techniques and imagined that instead of playing on Brazil's most famous beach, they were at home in Germany and the deafening support was theirs.
"It was definitely tough. We knew that it was going to be really loud," she said. "Before (the final) we were talking about it, how it could be a bit distracting.
"We had some tools, some routines in our heads which we worked through with our team before. And then we were just in a tunnel and we could play really well from the beginning to the end.
"We were just in our own court and we were just hearing our own German crowd. Not really, but in our heads."
While the Germans celebrated, it was a chastening night for Brazil who were denied a fourth gold medal of the Games and also missed bronze when Talita Rocha and Larissa Franca lost to Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross.
World champions Bednarczuk and Seixas had sent home hopes rocketing when they handed American legend Walsh Jennings her first ever Olympic defeat, but it was a different story against the Germans.
Samba band 
"Of course it would be wonderful to get the gold medal... but the silver medal is wonderful (too)," said Bednarczuk.
"It was a long, hard journey to get here so the feeling isn't sadness, we're very happy."
At a packed temporary stadium, complete with dancers and samba band and under a full moon, Walkenhorst was devastating with the spike as Germany bossed the first set.
It only got worse for Brazil in the second set as Germany raced to an 11-5 lead and quickly sealed it on their first match point when Seixas hit a serve straight out.
"We definitely deserved to win. We played better and better from game to game and we had a strong team behind us. They showed us how to be self-confident, even with this crowd," said Ludwig.
Earlier, America's Walsh Jennings added Rio Olympics bronze to her collection of gold medals after beating Brazil's Rocha and Franca in the third-place play-off.
The three-time defending Olympic champion and Ross, her new partner after the retirement of Misty May-Treanor, came from behind to win 17-21, 21-17, 15-9 in front of the partisan crowd.

No comments:

Post a Comment