Laura Ludwig (born 13 January 1986) is a German professional beach volleyball player. Currently forming a pair with compatriot Kira Walkenhorst, she represents Hamburger SV and has won four European championships. She won the gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She added another medal, Gold, at the 2016 World Tour Finals in Toronto.
Ludwig was born in East Berlin, East Germany.
Initially paired with Jana Köhler, Ludwig won the U18 European Championship and later the U18 World Championship in Pattava Beach (Thailand). After surviving a stroke which nearly ended her career, she bounced back after teaming with a new partner, Sara Goller. Together, Ludwig and Goller became 2006 German champions, won the U23 European Championships in St. Pölten and ended up fourth in the women's European Championships the same year in Den Haag. They continued their line of success in 2007, defending the German title and winning the silver medal in the European Championships in Valencia. Ludwig and Goller ended the 2007 season leading the German women's ranking and placing seventh overall.
She won silver medals at the 2007 and 2009 European beach volleyball championships, and gold medals at the 2008 and 2010 Beach ECH, alongside her former teammate Sara Goller. They competed at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, finishing in ninth place in 2008 and reaching the quarterfinals in 2012.
After changing to her current partner Kira Walkenhorst, she won a bronze medal at the 2013 European beach volleyball championship, a silver medal at the 2014 Beach ECH and gold medals at the 2015 and 2016 Beach ECH. Ludwig and Walkenhorst won the gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics, defeating Brazil's pair of Ágatha and Bárbara in straight sets of 21-18 21-14 in the final.
World tour 2016
Laura competed in the World Tour Finals in Toronto. With teammate Kira they finished 3rd (Last) in Pool-B with 2 losses. In the quarter-final match against Ross and Walsh they won in 3 sets of (21-18, 19-21, 15-11), advancing to the semi-final against Larissa and Talita of Brazil.
Winning against Brazil in straight sets of (21-19, 21-19) the pair advance to the gold medal match. Another Gold medal for the Olympic winners in straight sets of (21-18, 21-16) against the Swiss pair of Zumkehr and Heidrich
Laura Ludwig has confirmed that she will not be competing in at the opening round of the 2017 season in Fort Lauderdale due to a shoulder operation. Ludwig's regular partner Kira Walkenhorst will be temporarily partnering Julia Großner.