They caught the ice wounds. Now snow volleyball players are eager to succeed at ME

On the weekend, Knobloch and Dostál will be the first European championship in volleyball in the snow, in Flachau, Austria. “It will be a lot and we would love to win the medals,” Knobloch said.

Trying to succeed in the snow volleyball, which has the ambition to get to the Winter Olympics. Michaela Knobloch and Anna Dostalova last year took over CEV European Tour and became “Ice Queens.” This season they went great – they won bronze in Kayseri, Turkey, and dominated the home championship in Spindleruv Mlyn.

After that, they were literally traveling to the mountains for months, moving to tournament locations by buses, boats or taxis. “In addition to transport, we were worried about the weather.I’m the sunny type, so you can imagine how difficult it was for me, “said Knobloch of Strahov Beachclub.

Snow volleyball is played on ski slopes in all weather. The demanding conditions during the tournaments did not save the participants this year. “For example, in Turkey, the organizers had to drive us out of the court, to start storming and blizzard in us. I’ve never experienced such weather in the mountains, “Knobloch said.

“We were most struggling with the wind, at one tournament at about 100 km. When the ball fell to the ground, it blew it five meters away. “Sometimes the tournament complained of ubiquitous fog or even rain.In particular, the ball in the frost grew in such a way that each strike hit him.

“It was literally about ice wounds. It was really hard to serve him vigorously. Unfortunately, this time we had bad weather. Last year, in the mountain resorts, everything was sunny and we sunbathe in the match, “said Knoblochová, who also experienced a bad luck with her partner Anna Dostálová.

In Georgia, they finished fourth, in Turkey and Slovenia too…Each time there was little in the fight for the third place. Only in the Italian Plan de Corones the curses broke and they were able to win.Nowadays the European Championship in Flachau is waiting for the weekend.

“It is a major tournament for our sport, with delegates coming from the international volleyball federation. It will be determined what steps will be taken to make snowball volleyball a chance to get to the Olympic Games, “said Knobloch, who wished two things:” Especially to make acceptable weather, which is key to viewers. And then we would like a medal. The championship will also be attended by experienced beach volleyball couples, so the competition will be great. “

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