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Iceland’s Handball Team to Be Granted National Award

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has decided to grant the Order of the Falcon, the highest national award, to the entire men’s handball team for earning the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

According to, team captain Ólafur Stefánsson, coach Gudmundur Gudmundsson, and Gudmundur Ingvarsson, chairman of the Handball Association of Iceland, will all receive the Knight Grand Cross, the highest class of the order apart from the Collar with Grand Cross, which is only for heads of state.

The homecoming of the handball heroes will be celebrated tomorrow. Iceland’s government, Reykjavík City Council and the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland have invited the nation to follow its “silver boys” in a parade down Laugavegur, the capital’s main shopping street.

The march ends on Arnarhóll, a hill at the eastern end of Reykjavík harbor where a statue of Iceland’s first settler Ingólfur Arnarson stands, where the heroes will be saluted. The march begins at Hlemmur bus terminal at 6 pm.

On Sunday, the Icelandic men’s handball team earned its first ever medal in a major international tournament and Iceland became the most scarcely-populated nation ever to win a medal at the Olympics in a group sport.

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