Brink and Reckermann are Germany's second best team of the year
News from the National Federations
Frankfurt, Germany, December 20, 2012. After some 1’500 sports journalists casted their votes, Beach Volleyball Olympic champions Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann eventually emerged as Germany’s second best “team of the year 2012”. They were preceded by rowers who also claimed gold at London 2012 in the “coxed eight” event while the podium was rounded out by Germany’s hockey national team.
“This is a great way to end a memorable year” comments Jonas Reckermann. “Congratulations to our rowers as they fully deserved that first place. We are very proud with our second place and we also would like to congratulate all other teams who have been successful throughout the past 12 months”.
The journalists who voted for this award did evidently want to pay back Olympic gold more than any other accomplishment. At the very end of the standings are to be found real heavyweights such as Borussia Dortmund or THW Kiel that dominated the soccer and handball Bundesliga and added up to their showcase some more honors.
This has been an incredible year for Brink and Reckermann who – before writing history at Horse Guards Parade – had seized their second consecutive European title in The Hague as 33-year old Reckermann was just back in action after nursing a shoulder injury. Additionally, Brink got married and Reckermann could be happy with the birth of his first child, a baby boy named Emil.
Brink and Reckermann had also finished first and second in a similar contest for the “team of the year” held in Nordrhein-Westfalen and Berlin respectively.