Gro Hammerseng-Edin

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Gro Hammerseng-Edin
Gro Hammerseng-Edin 20141115.jpg
Personal information
Born (1980-04-10) 10 April 1980 (age 36)
Gjøvik, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Center back
Club information
Current club Larvik HK
Number 10
Youth clubs
Gjøvik HK
Raufoss IL
Vardal IF
Senior clubs
Gjøvik og Vardal HK
FC Midtjylland Håndbold
Larvik HK
National team
2000-2010 Norway 167 (631)

Gro Hammerseng-Edin (born 10 April 1980 in Gjøvik as Gro Hammerseng) is a Norwegian handballer playing for the club Larvik HK. She was captain of the Norwegian national team for several years, and in 2007 she was voted female World Handball 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 November 2008 called FC Midtjylland Håndbold.[2][3] Gro stayed 7 years in Denmark playing for the Danish club FC Midtjylland Håndbold, but on 17 February 2010 she signed under a 2-year contract with the Norwegian handball club Larvik HK. Gro has played for Larvik since the 2010/11 season and will end her career after the 2016/2017 season.

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.[4] 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.[5] 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 the 2005/06 season, 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.[6] 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.[7][8]

As of 22 December 2010, she has played 167 games for Norway, scoring 631 goals.[9]

Awards and recognition[edit]


  • MVP - European Championship 2004 (Awarded in December 2004)
  • All-Star Team: European Championship 2004 - Best Playmaker - (Awarded in December 2004)


  • All-Star Team: Danish League 2004/05 - Best Playmaker - (Awarded in May 2005)


  • MVP - European Championship 2006 (Awarded in December 2006)
  • All-Star Team: European Championship 2006 - Best Playmaker - (Awarded in December 2006)
  • ‘Role model’ of the year, Norwegian Sports Gala (Awarded in January 2007)
  • ’Team Player’ of the year, Norwegian Sports Gala (Awarded in January 2007)



  • Casparprisen - Gjøvik City (Awarded in August 2008)


  • ’Player of the Year’ voted by the Ikast-fans (Awarded in May 2009)


  • All-Star Team: European Championship 2010 - Best Playmaker - (Awarded in December 2010)
  • ’Team Player’ of the year, Norwegian Sports Gala (Awarded in January 2011)

Personal life[edit]

Hammerseng was in a long-term cohabiting relationship with fellow Larvik HK and Norwegian national team player Katja Nyberg.[11][12] In August 2010, they announced that they had split up even though they would continue to play together for Larvik.[13]. Gro and Katja's relationship lasted 5 years (2005–2010).

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.[14]

Gro Hammerseng began a new relationship with Anja Edin, another handball player, in the summer of 2010. In 2012 Hammerseng gave birth to a son. She has not played handball for Larvik or the national team for over a year. In end of 2012, Gro Hammerseng announced to write a book together with Anja Edin.[15] Hammerseng and Anja Edin married in 2013.[16]


Norwegian National Handball Team[edit]

Olympic Games

  • Gold: 2008

World Championship

  • Silver: 2001, 2007

European Championship

  • Gold: 2004, 2006, 2010
  • Silver: 2002

Club Team - Danish Handball[edit]

With: FC Midtjylland Håndbold[edit]

Danish Championship[17]

  • Silver: 2007/08
  • Bronze: 2003/04, 2004/05

Danish Cup[18]

  • Silver: 2003, 2004

Cup Winners' Cup

  • Gold: 2003/04


  • Silver: 2006/07

Club Team - Norwegian Handball[edit]

With: Larvik HK[edit]

Norwegian League

  • Gold: 2010/11

Norwegian Cup (NM)

  • Gold: 2010

Norwegian Play-off

  • Gold: 2010/11

Champions League

  • Gold: 2010/11


  1. ^ "- Athlete Biography: Hammerseng, Gro". Beijing 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-08-10. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  2. ^ Peter Bruun (7 November 2008). "Changes in Ikast". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 30 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Official: FCM buys Ikast-Brande" (in Danish). TV 2 SPORT. 5 November 2008. Retrieved 30 December 2008. 
  4. ^ "Gro leder håndballdamene" (in Norwegian). NRK. 2 December 2003. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  5. ^ Berglund, Nina (20 December 2004). "'Handball girls' party all night". Aftenposten. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  6. ^ "Athletes: Gro Hammerseng". NBC. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  7. ^ "- Olympic Gold for Norway - crushed Russia 34-27". Norway Post. 23 August 2008. Archived from the original on February 12, 2009. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  8. ^ "- Women's Gold Medal Match - Match 42 / Norway vs Russian Fed.". Beijing 2008. 23 August 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-08-26. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  9. ^ Gro Hammerseng (Norwegian)
  10. ^ "2007 World Handball Players Of The Year: Gro Hammerseng (NOR) + Nikola Karabatic (FRA)". IHF. 7 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  11. ^ Stilson, Tina (19 August 2008). "Hammerseng drømmer om barn" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  12. ^ Strømsheim, Gro; Sigve Kvamme (23 October 2005). "- Ja, vi er kjærester". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  13. ^ Slutt mellom Gro Hammerseng og Katja Nyberg
  14. ^ Norwegian athletes get legal advice on protest rights, Aftenposten, 17 April 2008
  15. ^ Hammerseng og Edin vil skrive bok sammen
  16. ^ Her kommer Gro Hammerseng og Anja Edin syklende til sitt eget bryllup
  17. ^ "Previous DC winners – Women" (in Danish). Danish Handball Association. Archived from the original on September 17, 2008. Retrieved 30 December 2008. 
  18. ^ "Cup winners history" (in Danish). Danish Handball Association. Archived from the original on April 25, 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2008. 
Preceded by
Nadine Krause
IHF World Player of the Year – Women
Succeeded by
Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth