RIO DE JANEIRO, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 18th Augst,2016) - Germany's Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst employed a special mind trick to help deal with the raucous home crowd as they crushed hosts Brazil to win the women's Olympic beach volleyball final on Wednesday. A packed house, loud music and swirling wind on the famed Copacabana beach made for an intimidating atmosphere but the Germans kept their cool to see off Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas 21-18, 21-14.
Afterwards, Ludwig revealed they had practised mind-control techniques and imagined that instead of playing on Brazil's most famous beach, they were at home in Germany and the deafening support was theirs. "It was definitely tough. We knew that it was going to be really loud," she said. "Before (the final) we were talking about it, how it could be a bit distracting. "We had some tools, some routines in our heads which we worked through with our team before.
And then we were just in a tunnel and we could play really well from the beginning to the end. "We were just in our own court and we were just hearing our own German crowd. Not really, but in our heads." While the Germans celebrated, it was a chastening night for Brazil who were denied a fourth gold medal of the Games and also missed bronze when Talita Rocha and Larissa Franca lost to Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross.