At an award ceremony last night, handballer Gísli Þorgeir Kristjánsson was named 2023 Sportsperson of the Year for his achievements with SC Magdeburg and the Icelandic national team. Aside from being chosen Best Player in the German Bundesliga, Gísli Þorgeir also played a pivotal role in SC Magdeburg’s 2022-2023 EHF Champions League win.
Sportsperson of the Year
Handball player Gísli Þorgeir Kristjánsson, who plays for the German team SC Magdeburg and the Icelandic national handball team, was named the 2023 Icelandic Sportsperson of the Year at an award ceremony held last night by the Association of Sports Journalists.
This is the first time that Gísli has received the award and the third consecutive year that a handball player has been honoured with the title, Vísir reports. Gísli’s teammate at SC Magdeburg and on the national team, Ómar Ingi Magnússon, was previously honoured with the title for two consecutive years (in 2021 and 2022).
A cut above the rest
In the selection, Gísli received 500 points, 128 points more than swimmer Anton Svein McKee, who came in second place. Football player Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir finished third with 326 points. The three were a cut above the rest as far as rankings are concerned.
As noted by Vísir, Gísli enjoyed an outstanding year with SC Magdeburg. He was named Best Player of the German Bundesliga and Most Valuable Player of the 2022-2023 EHF Champions League final weekend, which SC Magdeburg won. Gísli scored six goals in the final against Kielce, despite having dislocated his shoulder in the semifinal against Barcelona the day before. He was also the seventh-highest scorer in the Champions League with 87 goals.
Additionally, Gísli played a key role in the Icelandic national team, which finished 12th at the World Championship in Poland and Sweden.
Sportsperson of the Year Rankings:
- Gísli Þorgeir Kristjánsson, handball, 500 points
- Anton Sveinn McKee, swimming, 372 points
- Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir, football, 326 points
- Andrea Kolbeinsdóttir, athletics, 101 points
- Sveindís Jane Jónsdóttir, football, 94 points
- Elvar Már Friðriksson, basketball, 93 points
- Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, football, 73 points
- Sóley Margrét Jónsdóttir, powerlifting, 69 points
- Thelma Aðalsteinsdóttir, gymnastics, 53 points
- Snæfríður Sól Jórunnardóttir, swimming, 47 points