If Cinja Tillmann’s beach volleyball career were to be compared to a roller-coaster, the last two years would certainly be the highest point of it.
After 12 years of some ups and many downs, the German star is proud of what she’s been able to accomplish on the sand, but at the same time hopes that the actual peak is still yet to come with her first appearance at the Olympic Games later this year in Paris.
The 32-year-old Tillmann first appeared at the international scene in 2009, competing at the U20 European Championships. She came back to win the event in 2010 and, two years later made her FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour debut, failing to advance from three qualifiers.
After a full decade, nine partners and two victories in minor tournaments, things started to change in 2022, when partner Svenja Müller and her won the Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Ostrava Elite16 and followed it up with a bronze medal at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.