The duo famously recorded Switzerland’s first ever women’s SWATCH FIVB World Tour victory with a 2-1 (17-21, 22-20, 15-13) win over SWATCH FIVB world champions Jen Kessy and April Ross from USA. However, they see that as the start, and simply evidence that they are on the right track.
“The victory has shown us we are moving in the right direction, and it has motivated us more,” said Zumkehr in a recent interview with beach-volley.de. “It has also shown what is possible, and that even the favourites can be beaten. I hope we can bring that certainty and confidence in the upcoming season.”
The duo, who ranked 14th on last year’s tour, were speaking in between pre season training for next year’s circuit. However, the event they are now beginning to look forward to is the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Zumkehr said: “As I said, we want to continue moving in the right direction. The ultimate goal is the London 2012 Olympics. For Simone it will be her third and my first games.”
And asked whether European teams are catching up their USA and Brazilian equivalents, Kuhn is optimistic.
“I do think that the ranks show improvement. You just have to look at the incredible consistency of Laura Ludwig and Sara Goller (from Germany), amongst other European teams. Maybe we could even inspire them through our victory in Sanya, and show them that it is possible.”
photos Janos Schmidt