She made her début on the Norwegian national team in 2006, and has played in the 2009 World Women's Handball Championship and the 2012 European Women's Handball Championship.
Anja Edin started playing handball when she was 5 years old, with her mother as a trainer.
Edin married fellow handball player Gro Hammerseng on August 3, 2013, and they have a son together. They are both playing for the Norwegian national team and Larvik HK.
Gro Hammerseng-Edin (born 10 April 1980 in Gjøvik as Gro Hammerseng) is a Norwegian handballer playing for the Norwegian national team and Norwegian club Larvik HK. She has been the captain of the national team for several years, and in 2007 she was voted female World Handball Player of the Year.
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. 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.
Anja Edin cycled Gro Hammerseng and son Mio to her own wedding in the afternoon. Photo: Arne -Petter Lorentzen
Anja Hammerseng-Edin (born 5 February 1983) is a Norwegian handball player. She currently plays for Larvik HK and the Norwegian national team. Edin married fellow handball player Gro Hammerseng on August 3, 2013, and they have a son together. They are both playing for the Norwegian national team and Larvik HK. Gro Hammerseng-Edin (born 10 April 1980) is a Norwegian handballer playing. She has been the captain of the national team for several years, and in 2007 she was voted female World Handball Player of the Year.
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. 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. 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. 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.
As of 22 December 2010, she has played 167 games for Norway, scoring 631 goals.
Hammerseng was in a long-term cohabiting relationship with fellow Larvik HK and Norwegian national team player Katja Nyberg. In August 2010, they announced that they had split up even though they would continue to play together for Larvik. 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.
Gro Hammerseng began a new relationship with Anja Edin, another handball player, in the summer of 2010. In 2012 Hammerseng gave birth to a child, Mio. 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. Since 2013 Hammerseng and Anja Edin are married.
Katja Johanna Alice Nyberg (born 24 August 1979) is a naturalized Norwegian handball player, currently retired. She has played 99 games for the Norwegian national team.
Katja Nyberg is the daughter of Robert Nyberg, the first Finnish handball player to play professionally abroad. She was born in Stockholm while Robert was living in Sweden. The family later relocated to Finland where she grew up. Nyberg played sports from an early age, mainly javelin throw and other athletics varieties. She started her handball career in Helsinki club Sparta IF with her father as coach.
Nyberg played for Sparta until she was 18. As handball in Finland was not competitive enough, she decided to pursue a professional career abroad. She first moved to Sweden where she played for Stockholmspolisens IF for one season (1997–1998), then signed a contract with Norwegian club Larvik HK and played there for 7 years (1998–2005).
During her seven seasons in Larvik, Nyberg achieved great success. She was named Player of the Year of the Norwegian league in 2001 and 2005. She also won the Cup Winners' Cup in 2004/05 and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2001/02 and 2003/04. By the time she left the club, she had scored an average of 6.65 goals per match, with 765 goals in 115 matches.
In 2005, Nyberg signed a one-year contract with Slovenian champion Krim Ljubljana. However, her season in Ljubljana was prematurely ended in October of that year when she suffered a serious shoulder injury. It required surgery and kept her away from the handball court for nine months. By that time, her relationship with Gro Hammerseng had already become public and both had expressed their desire to play for the same club. They received offers from other clubs, but ultimately chose Ikast, where Hammerseng was already playing. Nyberg lived in Denmark and played for FC Midtjylland Håndbold for 4 years (2006–2010). On 17 February 2010, she signed a two-year contract with her former club Larvik HK and has played for them since the 2010/11 season.
Katja Nyberg gained Norwegian citizenship on 16 January 2001 and made her debut with the national team on 23 March 2001 against France. She was not allowed to play for Norway in official tournaments until 2002 because she had competed at the 1999 Junior World Championship qualification for Finland.
Her first major competition as a Norwegian player was the 2002 European Championship where Norway received a silver medal. She then received a gold medal at the 2004 and 2006 European Championships.
Nyberg missed the 2005 World Championship due to the shoulder injury she suffered in Ljubljana, but she was with the team two years later when Norway won the silver medal at the 2007 World Championship in France. She was also voted Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Apart from this individual recognition, one of her biggest achievements with the national team to date was winning the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
As of February 2009, she has played 99 games for Norway and scored 321 goals.
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