Julius Brink’s philosophy to “never give up” ultimately saw him turn the world of beach volleyball on its head in 2012, when together with volleyball partner Jonas Reckermann, he took Olympic gold - bringing decades of American and Brazilian dominance to an abrupt halt. Having suffered disappointment in Beijing in 2008, his pairing with Jonas saw him set on a path that would lead to triumph after triumph.
Julius’ volleyball career began way back in 1988, when he followed his brother onto the court. He opted for beach volleyball specifically, taking the opportunity to play in the summer and, whilst still a teenager, he eventually entered his first tournament in 1999. Within six years, Julius had claimed a bronze medal at the worlds and, by 2006, was crowned European Champion. This was superseded by a World Champion title in 2009, together with his (then) new partner Jonas Reckermann.
Between 2009 and the end of 2012, Julius and Jonas began to chip away at the dominant American and Brazilian teams, proving to be a perfect partnership. With Julius’ aggressive style and Jonas’ scrupulous strategising, the duo proved time and again to be the alpha males of the world’s beach volleyball courts.
After Jonas Reckermann had to end his career due to a chronic injury, Julius Brink temporarily teamed up with Sebastian Fuchs in 2013. However, by the end of the season he decided to tackle the project ‘Rio 2016’ with world university champion Armin Dollinger.Read more