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Katharina Schützenhöfer and Lena Plesiutschnig certainly stand in the sand more often than even the most hardened holiday junkies. In beachvolleyball, you not only enjoy a holiday-like beach feeling at work, but also a pure party atmosphere, especially at tournaments like the European Championship or the Beach Volleyball Major.
NEOH: Is the music in the background during the match motivating or disturbing?
Kathi & Lena: K: Basically music always motivates me! Especially after very good rallies it can give you the extra push! During rallies it would be annoying, but in this phase there is generally no music played. Music triggers emotions in me and with emotions it's easier to play. L: I often fade out the music completely. Basically the music always motivates me a lot.
NEOH: Complete the sentence: Bare skin in beach volleyball is...
Kathi & Lena: K: You get used to it! L: ...just belongs to it. Mostly we play in places where it's 30 degrees and more, it would be too hot to play in clothes. Besides, all athletes are in great shape and feel comfortable in their outfits.
NEOH: Do you have to be tall to play beachvolleyball?
Kathi & Lena: K: Not necessarily, but a minimum size is important. If you are a woman and under 1,75m, it can be difficult, but you can still make up a lot by other skills like athleticism, understanding of the game or technique. L: You don't have to be tall, but it's a great advantage. There are very few small players on the tour. If you are not tall, you have to jump higher. Although an advantage is that the smaller players are usually faster !
NEOH: Complete the sentence: We usually win when...
Kathi & Lena: K: …we play with fun, joy and emotions. L: ...we are motivated and focused, when we deliver a good performance and when we have a good team spirit.
NEOH: You get around a lot on the tour, what is your favourite destination so far?
Kathi & Lena: K: Phew, it's hard to say. By now we've been to all continents but I'd almost say I liked Australia (Sydney) best, closely followed by Mexico and Florida. L: Australia, Manly Beach. :)