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07/01/2019 14:28
Kozuch to team up with Ludwig on the ‘Road to Tokyo 2020’
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Frankfurt, Germany, January 7, 2019. After Kira Walkenhorst confirmed her retirement from competitive sport earlier today (click here), reigning Olympic and World champion Laura Ludwig has found a new partner, since she will be playing alongside Margareta Kozuch.

As so often in her career, Laura Ludwig managed to make the best out of a difficult situation. She found her next partner in Margareta Kozuch, with whom she can realise her ambitious goals. “Maggie has everything you need, she is incredibly athletic, she has an insane ball control, she is a real fighter, she is ready to invest a lot in this project and she wants to go full throttle with our team, and we are all looking forward to starting this project,” Ludwig said.

Her partner Margareta Kozuch is Germany’s most successful indoor Volleyball player, boasting an amazing 336 caps with the national team. Kozuch has two European Championship silver medals to her name from 2011 and 2013; moreover, she won the European League and the Champions League in her career and was Germany’s best Volleyball player uninterruptedly from 2010 to 2014.

Two years ago, the Hamburg-native ended her indoor career and switched to Beach Volleyball. After two years of ‘learning and gaining experience’ playing with Karla Borger, she now sees it is the right time for a partnership with the reigning Olympic champion: “I think working with this experienced team is a great option for me. Already in the first joint training, it clicked and I have a very good feeling. I have the impression that something great can come out of this,” Kozuch said.


Margareta Kozuch and Laura Ludwig briefly played together at an FIVB event held in 2017 in Porec, Croatia.

Coach Jürgen Wagner sees great potential in the newly formed duo: “Maggie is an outstanding player - the complete transition to the sand is not yet finished for her. There is a lot of work to do but even more is the potential. She is one of the greatest athletes I know, and I am looking forward to working on this new project with Laura and Maggie,” Wagner said. The start is promising: “Maggie is incredibly professional, but at the same time a very pleasant person to be around. I was impressed by how she adopted our strategy and philosophy right from the beginning,” he adds.

Margareta Kozuch will move to Hamburg and train with Laura Ludwig at the local Olympic training centre. “In the months of January, February and March, we want to fly to some warm destination and spend two to three weeks there in order to train in the wind. In April, we will be playing together for the first time at a World Tour stop in China,” says Ludwig.

Of course, the next big goal for the two German stars is the home World Championship in Hamburg: “Until then, we want to be in top shape and I am curious to see what will happen in the next six months,” concludes Laura, who has just come back to the sport after having a baby back in June.


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