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2016-07-01 15:25:00 CET

Swiss dreams are made of these

Two teams at the Olympics...a Major on home sand…it’s a good time for the Swiss.

Isabelle Forrer is one of three Swiss stars off to Rio this summer. Photocredit: Samo Vidic.Isabelle Forrer is one of three Swiss stars off to Rio this summer. Photocredit: Samo Vidic.

Psst! Have you heard of the beach volleyball revolution happening in central Europe?

Well, whisper it quietly but ahead of the Gstaad Major there are two teams from Switzerland who have qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio this summer.

Following the success and popularity of the sport in neighboring Austria, the Swiss have got high hopes of glory at home and abroad this summer.

Anouk Vergé-Dépré and Isabelle Forrer as well as Nadine Zumkehr and Joana Heidrich will be whisked off to the Copacabana after the A1 Major Klagenfurt – and both teams are proud of their country’s achievements in the sport.

“It’s the first time ever two women’s teams will be in the Olympics,” Nadine told us during the Poreč Major. “We did a great job at the beginning of the season to qualify, it was a hard job and the other teams did well, the third and fourth teams also showed they can play at a high level.”

Investment and development in the sport is now showing the green shoots of success – and Anouk is reaping the benefits.

“I think hard work, good coaches and support from our federation after 2012 to really develop the group over the years is great,” she said. “The hard work is really paying off. I think every part of the puzzle is coming together now.”

Isabelle, who with Anouk won the Xiamen Open back in April, agrees.

“I think it’s one of the best things to ever happen to us, especially as all the teams can push each other to be better. You need to be otherwise you know you’re going to be overtaken,” she said.

“It’s a very good sign for the project of our federation. I think they are doing a great job and that’s why they get…two teams at the Olympics and a third team that can beat a team who is going to the Olympics – that shows the work we’re doing is good work.”

With two big Majors to get through in the next two weeks it certainly is a great time for the Swiss.

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