Courtesy of Beach Volleyball Major Series Media Service
Norwegian duo swap ferris wheel stunt for shot at title glory.
Anders Mol and
Christian Sørum will find themselves on far more solid ground this week
than during their last visit to Austria for the Vienna Major in 2018.
The Norwegian pair helped to highlight last year’s event by taking to the skies against rivals Clemens Doppler
and Alex Horst 215 feet (65 metres) in the sky from the top of the
city’s iconic Riesenrad ferris wheel. The 2019 edition gets under way on
Thursday. Here is all you need to know:
– Now back on terra firma, the defending champions, who moved to the top of the world rankings after winning the Viennese event a year ago, begin as the tournament favourites.
Their eye-catching stunt on the Riesenrad was labelled Serve the Sky
and, at the time, Horst admitted: “I was scared. I closed my eyes on the
way up but, when we reached the top, I opened them and the view was
amazing. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
time, Mol and Sørum arrive in Austria bidding to improve on their epic
semi-final loss at the World Championships earlier this month, a title won by Russian duo Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Oleg Stoyanovskiy. At 22, the latter is the youngest world champion in the sport’s history.
– After pocketing a share of the $60,000 top prize, Stoyanovskiy said: “I have no words. I never imagined being world champion many years ago, I’m so happy. The support was amazing, the fans were cheering after every point and that made it hard for us to communicate.”