2018-07-14 20:30:00 CET
The Norwegians honor their mantra and see more victories in the horizon after their Gstaad Major’s title
If you follow Norwegians Anders Mol and Christian Sørum on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that they’ve been using the hashtag #onlythebeginning in most of their photos. This weekend, though, they found another way to send their message out loud as they topped the podium of the Swatch Major Gstaad.
The mantra couldn’t be more appropriate as the 21-year-old Mol and the 22-year-old Sørum have been quickly climbing the world rankings with astonishing performances and results in 2018.
Last May, they played their first World Tour final as they collected the silver medal in the Itapema four-star, but to win the iconic cowbells at the Swiss Alps, one of the most coveted trophies of international beach volleyball, really sets the tone of what they expect looking forward.
“We just want to stay on this wave for as long as possible,” Anders said afterwards. “We’re in a good rhythm, we found out a lot of things this week, our game is getting more and more stable. This is just the beginning. It’s going to be a nice couple of weeks for us with the European Championships and the Vienna Major, which we’re really looking forward to.”
Before they focus on their next moves, though, they will definitely take some time to digest all the emotions they had this past week in Gstaad.
The Vikings are victorious! Congrats Anders and Christian, #GstaadMajor 2018 champions 🇳🇴🏆🥇 https://t.co/DyxUQMJQfZ
After all, it shouldn’t be easy for such young athletes to achieve the dream of most beach volleyball players around the world at such a young age and, as if it wasn’t enough, to take their country back to the top of the podium in the big stage after 20 years.
“This week has been really unreal,” Christian added. “It’s a fairy tale to come to a city like Gstaad to play volleyball and then we just kept winning games until we were at the final. And to get the gold, to listen to our National Anthem, it’s really a dream coming true. I don’t think we quite understand how big it is to win the cowbell here in Gstaad.”
Anders and Christian’s victory, however, is not only theirs, but from the entire Beachvolley Vikings team, which includes Anders’ brother Hendrik and his cousin Mathias Bernsten. They were knocked out of the Gstaad Major in the qualifier and left to the Netherlands, where they’ll compete in the European Championships next week.
“We wished they were all here cheering for us, but this medal is totally teamwork regardless,” Anders added. “We could never have done it without Hendrik and Mathias. We just keep pushing each other at practice and we have a lot of fun, then work is not so hard.”
Well done, guys!