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CL top scorer and fresh European Champion Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth talks to Eurohandball.com. The biggest star of today tells us about private life and career with Norway and Larvik.
Eurohandball.com presents the shining star of Norwegian handball, Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth. The Larvik player scored 46 goals in four matches in a tough Group C showing ever more of her excellent handball.
“Linka” tells us more about her beginning handball, her sports’ philosophy, the biggest achievements and plans for the future among other things…
Eurohandball.com: How did you start playing handball?
Riegelhuth: I started because my mother was a coach of a girls’ team. I was allowed to join in at age of four I think. And since then I still play and enjoy it.
Riegelhuth: I think the most important is to live your life in this very moment. I don’t have a special sports philosophy, but I do think it’s important to always give 100%. Also I don’t want to let others do anything for me. Everything just depends on me.
Riegelhuth: I have been playing here for seven years now. Larvik have a good team and I improved a lot here. Also, I like my team mates and I have a good life here as a handball player, but also outside the court.
My plan is to continue handball. A decision about a team or a country is not yet made. I have a boyfriend called Einar Sand Koren who also plays handball on a high level. He lives in Oslo, while I live in Sandefjord and we want to live together. So now we have to find out the possibilities. Many clubs showed interest for me. I can stay in Larvik or maybe go to live in Denmark. If I leave Larvik for another team it would only be because I want to live together with Einar and not because of money. Time will tell…
My biggest achievement is that I’m living my dream and I can play for my country, for the Norwegian flag, to win trophies with my team-mates. I’m also proud to have completed nurse education parallel to my handball carrier. That also makes me very happy and satisfied.
Marit Breivik and Thorir Hergeirsson make a very good coaching team. I don’t know whether they have a secret, but they have close communication with the players and they are coaching the team as they think the best is. We also have many good players who are giving 100% for the team in every single match we play.
Riegelhuth: Marit and Karl Erik are very different coaches. They have their own ways of leading a team and creating dialogue with the players. They are different as one is a man and the other is a woman, and they use different tools to reach a result. I like them both and I think it is good for a player to work with more then one coach.
Eurohandball.com: You are like a machine on court. What is going on in your head, what are you thinking of when you run towards the opponents’ goal, approaching a goalkeeper or just before making a shot?
For me and Larvik, the most important is to win the next game and have a chance to get through to the next round. So after the next two matches we will see what we have done. Group C is a very balanced group, so time will tell which teams belong to the eight best teams of Europe.
Eurohandball.com: You played against all three teams already. What do you think about Podravka, Oltchim and Lada? What are their advantages?
Riegelhuth: There are many good teams in the CL. All three in Group C have different players, different coaches and different advantages. Accordingly, it is hard to play against them. I don’t want to comment much; I can only say that there are many great handball players and coaches in all three teams.
TEXT: Ivan Ambroš