Playing Ball

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“Let’s try to keep the interview as short as possible.” A stressed-out looking man has set a tight timeframe for this interview and hurriedly gestures to Tryggvi Snær Hlinason to have a seat. He’s not a particularly short man, but in this crowd, we all look tiny.Iceland’s national basketball team has just finished warming up […]

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Running

The first impression I got of her was from her brother. It must have been a few months back. He was saying how she had returned to training after Christmas and declared that she was in much better shape than them. “I outran ’em all,” she had said. Not like she was referring to the second […]

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Sara Björk Voted Athlete of the Year, Breaking Several Records

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Footballer Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir broke several records when she was awarded 2020 Athlete of the Year yesterday, Vísir reports. She became the only woman to have received the award twice, and also received a record 600 points in the voting process.

The midfielder has enjoyed a successful year, winning the European Championships with her team Olympique Lyonnais last August. In the winning match, Sara became the first Icelander to score a goal in a European championship match – no less against her former club Wolfsburg.

Sara is the captain of Iceland’s national women’s football team, which secured itself a place at the 2022 UEFA European Championships earlier this month.

Another God%$#n Sports Interview

Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson Icelandic handball player

When we arrive on the third floor, the press conference has already started. My shoes make horrible squeaking noises on the parquet and people turn around to look at me. I lean against the nearest wall as if it were an old friend, assuming an attitude that is at once outwardly cool and inwardly neurotic.

In front of me, seated at the table – along with his coach, a fellow teammate, and a representative of the Icelandic Handball Association, I’m guessing – is my subject. He is staring down at the table and fidgeting incessantly with his pen. Remaining silent for almost the entirety of the news conference, he interjects only once, when head coach Guðmundur Guðmundsson fields a question about the team’s video analysis of opponents.

“We watch more than enough videos,” my subject says, grinning. “There’s nothing that we … that we don’t get to see,” he concludes, in a statement that seems almost lecherous – accidentally full of sexual innuendo.

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