Norwegian handball fans, and not least the players making up Norway’s national women’s handball team, were still celebrating their latest gold medals on Monday after winning their third World Championship in Denmark Sunday evening. Their Icelandic coach was also getting rave reviews in local media.
The so-called “handball girls” beat the Netherlands by a score of 31-23, a decisive victory indeed after narrowly defeating the powerhouse Romanian team Friday night by a score of 35-33 in overtime, since scheduled play ended in a tie of 27-27.
The Romanian victory sent Norway into the finals and the Norwegian women by all accounts put on a powerful performance. Goalkeeper Kari Aalvik Grimsbø was getting much of the glory, after fending off more than 50 percent of attempted goals by her team’s rival Dutch players.
The latest World Championship also resulted in the Norwegian team’s 11th gold medals over the past 29 years, given their Olympic, World- and European Championship successes. Coaches Marit Breivik and, most recently, Thorir Hergeirsson have nurtured and built teams that are simply the best in the world.
Hergeirsson remained characteristically in the background and let the women celebrate but he was credited by both them and commentators as being inclusive, firm and supportive. Now they’ll all take off for Christmas, with new medals adding to the holiday glitter.