Logi Geirsson, one of Iceland’s best handball players has decided to retire due to chronic injuries he has been struggling with for the last two years. Geirsson was one of the star players in the Icelandic national team in the 2008 Olympics when Iceland won the silver medal and also a bronze medal in the European Championship in Austria 2010. Handball is one of Iceland’s most popular sports.
Geirsson giving autographs to Icelandic fans. Photo by GO
Geirsson is 28 years old and has been playing handball since he was a child in his hometown Hafnarfjördur in the Reykjavík metropolitan area. He started playing for German team Lemgo in 2004 and won the German championship title (EHF-CUP) in 2006 and 2010 with the team. He also won the Icelandic championship title last season.
In Geirssoon’s press release he stated:
“For the last two years I have struggled with injuries in my right shoulder making it hard for me to play as well as I used to do; therefore I have decided to retire from the sport.
“My professional career has been a dream come true. I won the EHF-CUP with Lemgo in 2006 and 2010, the Icelandic championship with my local team FH, a bronze and a silver with the national team and I have been given the Icelandic Ribbon of the Order of the Falcon.
“I am extremely grateful to all those who have contributed to my training, driven me to handball practises, lend me a dry towel, guided me or been there for me in moments of athletic triumph; I know my successes are not just my own. In the future I intend to help the sport to grow in my local community as in Iceland, although off the field this time.
“The whole experience has been a grand adventure on and off the field.”
Geirsson is currently employed as a Marketing and PR officer for the Icelandic branch of the Asics Corporation, a company that manufactures and sells sports and leisure goods. At this point in his life he would like to work with young people and help them escape mediocrazy and to achieve the ultimate success in sports, visir.is reports.
In 2010 Geirsson released a biography about his experiences as a professional handball player.