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Iceland Salutes Handball Heroes

Tens of thousands of people assembled in downtown Reykjavík to celebrate the homecoming of the Icelandic men’s handball team who returned yesterday with the silver medal from the Beijing Olympics.

According to 24 Stundir, a brass band led the procession down Skólavördustígur (not Laugavegur as previously reported) to Arnarhóll and the crowd waved flags and saluted their handball heroes who waved back to them from an open carriage.

At Arnarhóll the handball players joined singer-songwriter Valgeir Gudjónsson and President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson on stage and together they sang Gudjónsson’s handball hit song “Gerum okkar besta” (“Let’s Do Our Best”) from 1988, Fréttabladid reports.

Afterwards the entire handball team was granted the highest national honor, the Order of the Falcon, from the president at his residence Bessastadir, Morgunbladid reports.

“I think it is important that Icelanders realize that your achievement is not only significant and unique to our history but also to the world history of sport,” Grímsson said in his ceremonial speech.

The president added that the Order of the Falcon represented the gratitude of the Icelandic nation in awarding the nation’s highest honor.

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