Jonas Reckermann

Jonas Reckermann (born 26 May 1979 in Rheine) is a retired beach volleyball player from Germany. Together with his most recent partner Julius Brink, he won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, which, along with Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst are the most successful Olympic appearances of a German beach volleyball team. They were the first European duo to win the Olympic gold medal – male or female competition. In addition to that they also were the first European team ever to win a world championship title and are currently ranked 22nd on the FIVB World Tour (as of 23 July 2012).[1]

Jonas Reckermann
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Jonas Reckermann
Personal information
Full nameJonas Reckermann
NicknameJonas Reckermann
NationalityGerman
Born (1979-05-26) May 26, 1979 (age 41)
Rheine, Germany

Early tournamentsEdit

Reckermann represented his native country at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where he finished in ninth place with his then partner Markus Dieckmann. He twice won the European Beach Volleyball Championships, in 2002 and 2004.

In 2009, he won four FIVB competitions (three consecutive Grand Slams) and the German Masters of the CEV European Championship Tour with partner Julius Brink. This includes the 2009 FIVB World Championship, held from 26 June to 5 July in Stavanger, where they beat top- seeded HarleyAlison in the final and former FIVB world champions and gold medalist of the 2008 Summer Olympics RogersDalhausser in the semi final.

2012 OlympicsEdit

Brink – Reckermann won the Olympic beach volleyball tournament in London in 2012. In the final, they beat the Brazilian team of Alison – Emanuel, making this the first victory of a European country at Beach Volleyball in Olympic history.

Playing partnersEdit

Retirement and media careerEdit

Reckermann announced his retirement from competition after the 2012 season due to injury.[2]

He is currently the main pundit for Sky Germany's beach volleyball broadcasts.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ FIVB World Tour Ranking
  2. ^ "Olympic champion Jonas Reckermann ends career due to injury". FIVB. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
  Harley Marques
and Pedro Solberg Salgado (BRA)
Men's FIVB Beach Volley World Tour Winner
alongside   Julius Brink

2009
Succeeded by
  Phil Dalhausser
and Todd Rogers (USA)
Awards
Preceded by
  Phil Dalhausser (USA)
Men's FIVB World Tour "Best Blocker"
2009
Succeeded by
  Phil Dalhausser (USA)
Preceded by
  Harley Marques
and Pedro Solberg Salgado (BRA)
Men's FIVB World Tour "Team of the Year"
alongside   Julius Brink

2009
Succeeded by
  Phil Dalhausser
and Todd Rogers (USA)