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2016-09-23 14:08:00 CEST

Top five stories at the #TorontoFinals: Number 1

We reach our favorite moment from the finals

Germany’s golden girls Laura Ludwig (left) and Kira Walkenhorst. Photocredit: Joerg Mitter.Germany’s golden girls Laura Ludwig (left) and Kira Walkenhorst. Photocredit: Joerg Mitter.

So far this week we’ve brought you our four favorite moments from the fantastic Swatch World Tour Finals in the majestic city of Toronto.

They include a 43-year-old bronze medalist, a selection of the most addictive set of skyline photographs you’ll ever set your eyes on, a country quota clash of the titans and a story about a Canadian player shaving his beard off on the Center Court.

So, dear reader, we’ve reached the end of the week and here’s our number one moment from the epic tournament that brought the curtain down on a breathtaking season.

Ludwig/Walkenhorst complete golden season

Will any team ever be able to repeat such a feat of lifting European, national, Olympic and Swatch World Tour Finals titles in one season like Laura and Kira have? We don’t think so.

When you throw in victories at their home Major, the smart Major Hamburg, the A1 Major Klagenfurt and the Olsztyn Grand Slam, the girls have accumulated some serious bling in 2016.

What was even more remarkable at Polson Pier was that Laura and Kira lost their first two pool play matches before going onto show everyone why they are the most feared team on the sand right now.

Once in the knockout rounds, they overcame some early fatigue and blitzed every team that stood in their path to history. To win gold you’ve got to beat the best and when you crush Walsh Jennings/Ross and Larissa/Talita in the quarters and semis respectively, you know you’re onto a good thing.

In the final, Swiss duo Heidrich/Zumkehr put up a valiant effort but could not repeat their earlier victory over the Germans in the pool play and Kira and Laura were left to celebrate yet another triumph to cap a season to remember.

Of course they weren’t the only Rio heroes smiling on the shores of Lake Ontario. Brilliant Brazilians Alison/Bruno scooped gold in Toronto a month after triumphing on home sand at the Copacabana. 

Bruno Oscar Schmidt (left) and Alison Cerutti won a second successive Swatch World Tour Finals title. Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu.Bruno Oscar Schmidt (left) and Alison Cerutti won a second successive Swatch World Tour Finals title. Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu.

Now both Olympic and Swatch World Tour Finals champions can enjoy the off season and look-back on a truly remarkable year.

Congratulations – and enjoy the time off! 

Watch our top five video moments from the #TorontoFinals

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