2017-07-09 17:33:00 CEST
Champions toast Gstaad success
He’s 37 years young and has won 36 international beach volleyball gold medals but Phil Dalhausser doesn’t get tired of standing on the top of the podium.
Dalhausser celebrated his 10th Gstaad Major in style by winning a golden cowbell for the fourth time as he and Nick Lucena beat Poland’s Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak in the final to add to their silver medal they won here a year ago.
“One thing that never gets old is winning gold,” said the 2008 Olympic champion. “I love coming here, I love the town, the country and the fans.
“We’ve put in a lot of hard work off the court – not just practising. Now we’re older we have to work harder and the key is to try and stay consistent.”
Lucena, who won his first golden cowbell, it was an achievement that atoned for last week’s performance in Poreč where the pair finished ninth.
“We were terrible last weekend,” he said. “It’s a better feeling than last weekend and a better feeling than last year when we won silver.
“We didn’t drop a set in the whole tournament so yes, it’s been a good week.”
Silver medalist Losiak has now finished second in three tournaments already this season.
“We played well but made a few silly decisions but Phil and Nick played better than us.”