Lisa Altenburg says the German women’s bronze medal is a “dream come true” as her side held off New Zealand 2-1 to claim their prize.
“It’s unbelievable,” she said. “We worked so hard and a few years ago no one would expect that we could win the bronze medal. This is overwhelming.”
She returned to action for Germany after giving birth to her daughter, Sophie, in 2013 and so it was extra special to be reaching this high point after a number of years out of action.
“It was a tough time for me. I had many injuries as well after Sophie was born. I had a really hard time and without my family I wouldn’t stand here. I am really happy to have her and my family here and we can celebrate this moment together.”
She does not, however, think that she will continue on until Tokyo in 2020.
“No, I don’t think so. Four more years, I don’t think that can be a reality. I want to celebrate the moment and, in four weeks, I can make a decision. But at the moment I want to celebrate with the girls and be happy.”
She will celebrate with her husband, Valentin, who coached the German men to a bronze medal, making for a special tournament for the family.