Jonas Reckermann

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Jonas Reckermann
Empfang und Ehrung für Kölner Olympioniken und Paralympics-Athleten 2012-0260.jpg
Jonas Reckermann
Personal information
Full name Jonas Reckermann
Nickname Jonas Reckermann
Nationality German
Born (1979-05-26) May 26, 1979 (age 37)
Rheine, Germany

Jonas Reckermann (born 26 May 1979 in Rheine) is a retired beach volleyball player from Germany. Together with his most recent partner Julius Brink, he won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, which was the most successful Olympic appearance of a German beach volleyball team ever. They were the first, and to date only, European duo to win the Olympic gold medal – male or female competition. In addition to that they also were the first European team ever to win a world championship title and are currently ranked 22nd on the FIVB World Tour (as of 23 July 2012).[1]

Early tournaments[edit]

Reckermann represented his native country at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where he finished in ninth place with his then partner Markus Dieckmann. He twice won the European Beach Volleyball Championships, in 2002 and 2004.

In 2009, he won four FIVB competitions (three consecutive Grand Slams) and the German Masters of the CEV European Championship Tour with partner Julius Brink. This includes the 2009 FIVB World Championship, held from 26 June to 5 July in Stavanger, where they beat top- seeded HarleyAlison in the final and former FIVB world champions and gold medalist of the 2008 Summer Olympics RogersDalhausser in the semi final.

2012 Olympics[edit]

Jonas Reckermann at 2012 Olympics

Brink – Reckermann won the Olympic beach volleyball tournament in London in 2012. In the final, they beat the Brazilian team of Alison – Emanuel, making this the first victory of a European country at Beach Volleyball in Olympic history.

Playing partners[edit]

Retirement and media career[edit]

Reckermann announced his retirement from competition after the 2012 season due to injury.[2]

He is currently the main pundit for Sky Germany's beach volleyball broadcasts.

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
 Harley Marques
and Pedro Solberg Salgado (BRA)
Men's FIVB Beach Volley World Tour Winner
alongside Germany Julius Brink

2009
Succeeded by
 Phil Dalhausser
and Todd Rogers (USA)
Awards
Preceded by
 Phil Dalhausser (USA)
Men's FIVB World Tour "Best Blocker"
2009
Succeeded by
 Phil Dalhausser (USA)
Preceded by
 Harley Marques
and Pedro Solberg Salgado (BRA)
Men's FIVB World Tour "Team of the Year"
alongside Germany Julius Brink

2009
Succeeded by
 Phil Dalhausser
and Todd Rogers (USA)