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Gro Hammerseng
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Full name Gro Hammerseng
Date of birth 10 April 1980 (1980-04-10) (age 38)
Place of birth Gjøvik, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Height 1.80m[1]
Playing position Playmaker
Club information
Current club FC Midtjylland Håndbold
Number 11
Club history
1990–1995
1995–1996
1996–1997
1997–2003
2003–2010
2010–
Gjøvik HK
Raufoss IL
Vardal IF
Gjøvik og Vardal HK
FC Midtjylland Håndbold
Larvik HK
National team
Norway
Since 2000 149 (585)
Infobox last updated on 19:18, March 12, 2010 (UTC).
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold 2008 Beijing
World Championship
Silver 2001 Italy
Silver 2007 France
European Championship
Silver 2002 Denmark
Gold 2004 Hungary
Gold 2006 Sweden

Gro Hammerseng (born 10 April 1980 in Gjøvik) is a Norwegian handballer playing for the Norwegian national team and Danish club FC Midtjylland Håndbold. She has been the captain of the national team for several years, and in 2007 she was voted female IHF World Player of the Year.

Club career Edit

Hammerseng started her handball career in 1990 at Gjøvik HK (1990–1995). She later played one year for Raufoss IL (1995–1996) and one year for Vardal IF (1996–1997) before starting her senior career in 1997 for Gjøvik og Vardal HK (1997–2003). Hammerseng was Gjøvik og Vardal's captain during her six seasons with the club. In 2003, after serious economic problems at her hometown club, Hammerseng signed with Danish top club Ikast-Bording, since 2008 called FC Midtjylland Håndbold.

National team Edit

Hammerseng made her debut with the Norwegian national team on 29 November 2000 against Poland in Bergen, Norway. Her first major tournament was the 2000 European Championship in Romania, where Norway finished sixth. She received a silver medal at the 2001 World Championship and at the 2002 European Championship.

In December 2003, coach Marit Breivik made Hammerseng captain of the team, replacing fellow Gjøvik native Else-Marthe Sørlie Lybekk.[2] The 2003 World Championship was her first competition as captain, but Norway was not successful and finished the championship in sixth place, thus missing the opportunity to participate in the 2004 Summer Olympics. The 2004 European Championship brought her first gold medal with the team.[3] Hammerseng saw her performance recognized as she was voted MVP and member of the All-Star Team of the tournament.

After a serious knee injury kept her out of the court in 2005, Gro Hammerseng repeated her 2004 success at the 2006 European Championship in Sweden. She received her second gold medal and was again named MVP and member of the All-Star Team of the tournament.[4] At the 2007 World Championship, Norway was defeated by Russia in the final match, marking the third silver medal for Hammerseng. She was voted into the All-Star Team as best left back.

The 2008 Summer Olympics gave the Norwegians an opportunity for revenge, as they met Russia in the final match. After a comfortable 34–27 win, Hammerseng received her first Olympic gold medal.[5][6]

As of 7 March 2009, she has played 149 games for Norway, scoring 585 goals.[7]

Awards and recognition Edit

Hammerseng was voted IHF World Player of the Year 2007 by the readers of World Handball Magazine and the International Handball Federation web site visitors.[8]

Personal life Edit

Hammerseng is in a long-term cohabiting relationship with fellow FCM and Norway player Katja Nyberg.[9][10]

In the lead-up to the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Hammerseng joined other Norwegian athletes in an Amnesty International campaign for human rights in the People's Republic of China.[11]

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