Kira Walkenhorst

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Kira Walkenhorst
Kira Walkenhorst Smart Beach Tour 2017.jpg
Personal information
Nationality Germany
Born (1990-11-18) 18 November 1990 (age 29)
Hometown Essen
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Beach volleyball information
Current teammate
Teammate
Laura Ludwig
National team
Germany Germany

Kira Katarina Walkenhorst (born 18 November 1990) is a retired German beach volleyball player who played as a blocker.[1] She has an older brother Alexander Walkenhorst who is a professional beach volleyball player [2] and a younger sister Pia Walkenhorst who also plays beach volleyball.

Walkenhorst won the gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro together with her teammate Laura Ludwig.[3] She also won bronze medals at the 2013 and 2014 European Beach Volleyball Championships and gold medals at the 2015 and 2016 Beach ECH alongside her teammate Laura Ludwig.[4]

She retired from competition at the start of 2019 due to persistent injuries.[5]

Professional career[edit]

2016: Rio de Janeiro[edit]

Gold Medal Rio Olympics 2016

Kira Walkenhorst participated in the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio together with her teammate Laura Ludwig. They won the Gold medal in the final match against the Brazilian duo Ágatha Bednarczuk and Bárbara Seixas in straight sets of 21-18 21-14 following their victory against the Brazilian duo Larissa França and Talita Antunes in the semi-finals.[6]

2016: World Tour[edit]

Walkenhorst competed in the World Tour Finals in Toronto. With teammate Laura they finished 3rd (Last) in Pool-B with 2 losses In the quarter final match against Ross and Walsh they won in 3 sets of (21-18, 19-21, 15-11), advancing to the semi final against Larissa and Talita of Brazil.[7]

Winning against Brazil in straight sets of (21-19, 21-19)[8] the pair advance to the gold medal match. Another GOLD medal for the Olympic winners in straight sets of (21-18, 21-16)[9] against the Swiss pair of Zumkehr and Heidrich

2017 season[edit]

Walkenhorst opened the 2017 season at Fort Lauderdale Major with temporary partner Julia Großner while her regular partner Laura Ludwig recovered from a shoulder injury.[10] They won two out of their three pool play matches to make it through to the Final 24. Here they lost 0:2 to Meppelink / Van Gestel (NED) so finished the tournament in 17th position.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In late 2016, Walkenhorst came out as a lesbian.[12] In October 2017, she married her longtime girlfriend and trainer Maria Kleefisch.[13] One year later, her wife Maria gave birth to triplets.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dorfman, Blake (6 August 2016). "The Toughest Challenges for Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross in Rio". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  2. ^ "FIVB - Beach Volleyball". www.fivb.org. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  3. ^ "FIVB - Beach Volleyball". www.fivb.org. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  4. ^ FIVB Player Players Database
  5. ^ "Olympic Champion Walkenhorst Retires From Beach Volleyball". Fédération Internationale de Volleyball. 7 January 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  6. ^ Ludwig-Walkenhorst.com/Kira
  7. ^ Elimination Matches
  8. ^ Germans not thinking about the money
  9. ^ German duo caps off memorable beach volleyball season in Toronto
  10. ^ RuhrNachrichten.de (German)
  11. ^ Ludwig/Walkenhorst - Fort Lauderdale Major 2017
  12. ^ Thüringer Allgemeine: Das alles gehört zu mir (German)
  13. ^ https://www.abendblatt.de/sport/article212402989/Olympiasiegerin-Kira-Walkenhorst-ist-unter-der-Haube.html
  14. ^ "Kira Walkenhorst's Wife Maria Gives Birth to Triplets". volleymob.com. Retrieved 2019-08-20.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
 Larissa França and
Talita Antunes (BRA)
Women's FIVB Beach World Tour Winner
alongside Germany Laura Ludwig

2016
Succeeded by
 Larissa França and
Talita Antunes (BRA)
Awards
Preceded by
 Sarah Pavan (CAN)
Women's FIVB World Tour "Best Blocker"
2016
Succeeded by
 Sarah Pavan (CAN)
Preceded by
 Kerri Walsh Jennings (USA)
Women's FIVB World Tour "Best Hitter"
2017
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
 Sophie van Gestel (NED)
Women's FIVB World Tour "Most Improved"
2013
Succeeded by
 Tanja Hüberli (SUI)
Preceded by
 Bárbara Seixas (BRA)
Women's FIVB World Tour "Top Rookie"
2013
Succeeded by
 Melissa Humana-Paredes (CAN)
Preceded by
 Larissa França and
Talita Antunes (BRA)
Women's FIVB World Tour "Team of the Year"
alongside Germany Laura Ludwig

2016
Succeeded by
 Larissa França and
Talita Antunes (BRA)