Sara Björk Wins European Championship

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Icelandic football player Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir has won the 2020 UEFA Champions League alongside her team Olympique Lyonnais. In the finals last Saturday, Sara became the first Icelander to score a goal in a European championship match. Lyon snatched the title with a 3-1 victory against Sara’s former club Wolfsburg.

“I’m just coming back down to Earth and realising that I’ve become a European champion,” the midfielder said in an interview with Vísir yesterday. “It’s been a dream and a goal for a really long time. It’s unbelievably sweet to have the title in your hands.”

Lyon, which has often been called the strongest women’s team in the world, acquired Sara just this year. The club is defending champion of Division 1 Féminine, having won the league for 14 consecutive seasons, a world record in any sport. This is its seventh Champions League title.

Sara thanked her well-wishers in an Instagram post this morning, saying she was “proud to be an Icelander.” She dedicated her title to the girls and boys who dream of making a career in football. “There are no limits.”–/

Inga Birna Ársælsdóttir First Icelandic Woman to Earn Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu

Inga Birna Ársælsdóttir has become the first Icelandic woman to earn a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, MMA Fréttir reports. Inga has been recognised as one of the best female fighters in the country in recent years.

Two other jiujiteiros, Bjarki Þór Pálsson and Magnús Ingi Ingvarsson, also received black belts at the ceremony, which was presided over by Gunnar Nelson, Iceland’s most famous MMA fighter, at RVK MMA gym earlier this week. Two purple and three blue belts were also granted.

Only 20 Icelanders have earned black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.