Cecilie Leganger

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Cecilie Leganger
Cecilie Leganger 22.04.2009 small.jpg
Medal record
Competitor for  Norway
Women's Handball
Olympic Games
Bronze 2000 Sydney Team
World Championship
Gold 1999 Denmark/Norway Team
Silver 2001 Italy Team
Bronze 1993 Norway Team
European Championship
Gold 1998 Netherlands Team
Bronze 1994 Germany Team

Cecilie Leganger (born 12 March 1975) is a Norwegian team handball goalkeeper, World champion, Olympic medalist, European champion, winner of Champions League, and World Player of the year 2001.

International championships[edit]

Leganger made her debut on the Norwegian national team in 1993, 17 years old, and retired three years later, only 20. In 1993 she obtained bronze medal at the World Women's Handball Championship, being voted as Best Goalkeeper and Most Valuable Player at the championship. At the European Championship in 1994, she was voted best goalkeeper. At the 1995 World Championship she was again voted Best Goalkeeper. After a one year break she made comeback as a club player, but did not play on the national team until the 1998 European Championship, winning gold medal with the Norwegian team and voted as best keeper in the championship. World Champion in 1999, again voted best keeper. She received bronze medal at the Olympic Championships in Sydney 2000.[1] At the World Championship in 2001 she voted again the best keeper.

Club player[edit]

As a club player she is Norwegian Champion from 1999 (with Bækkelaget), Slovenian Champion from 2004 (with Krim Ljubljana), Danish Champion from 2005 (with Slagelse), and Women's EHF Champion in 2004/05 and 2006/07. She now plays for Larvik HK and she is still regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world.

Awards[edit]

  • She was voted World Player of the Year 2001 by the International Handball Federation.[2][3]
  • The best Norwegian national goalkeeper of all time.
  • The best Norwegian, female handballplayer of all time.
  • Best Goalkeeper in the 1993, 1995, 1999 and 2001 world championships.
  • Best Goalkeeper in the 1994 and 1998 European championships.
  • Most Valuable Player in the 1993 World championship.
  • Goalkeeper of the year 2000, 2001, 2002, 2011 and 2012 in the Norwegian League.
  • Goalkeeper of the year 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009[4] in the Danish League.
  • Player of the year 2007 in the Danish League (Selected by the players' committee).[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2000 Summer Olympics – Sydney, Australia – Handball" databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on 29 April 2008)
  2. ^ Previous World Handball Players (Retrieved on 11 December 2007)
  3. ^ "World Handball Players of the Year"houstonhandball.org (Retrieved on 29 April 2008)
  4. ^ "Kia Motors Årets Dame Liga All Stars 2008/2009" (in Danish). Håndbold Spiller Foreningen. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2009. 
  5. ^ (Danish) "Leganger og Mogensen er årets håndboldspillere"Berlingske Tidende (Lørdag den 5. januar 2008) (Retrieved on 29 April 2008)
Awards
Preceded by
Bojana Radulović
IHF World Player of the Year – Women
2001
Succeeded by
Zhai Chao