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Gudmundur Gudmundsson about Danish experience: It was strange, but I remember only positive things

The former Danish national team coach Gudmundur Gudmundsson speaks for bt.dk   about his experience of working with the team who won the Olympic gold medal in Rio during his mandate.

Experienced coach from Iceland, who once again overtook the position of head-coach of native national team, was interested to extend contract with Danish team after major success in world of handball, but…

  • Of course, I was interested in extending and talking openly because we had just won the Olympic Gold after we had built the team for more than two years. I thought that was right for me and the team. But I just saw that DHF was not interested, and so I chose to stop.  It was strange. But there were more things after the Olympics. It’s almost impossible to describe how it was to win something as big and as few as three days to rejoice before it all begins to shop if they meet for the Olympics, which I still do not know. It was a shame, I think. It was hard for me to understand. But I do not think too much about it today. I’m looking at the positive. We won the Olympic Gold. I was appointed Knight of Danneborg, I am very proud of my time and I can say I did everything for Denmark and was very professional. I can not go and keep thinking about something that I did not fully understand. When I look at Denmark and my time here, I focus on the positive. It was a cool experience. I’m not looking for anyone. Not DHF. Not Ulrik Wilbek. It’s the truth. I have not heard from Ulrik once since the Olympics. So, I have not spoken to him. He wrote one text with information that he said. That’s it. I have also not talked to Per Bertelsen since the Olympics. It’s a little odd, I have to say. But you must ask them – said Gudmundsson, who ended Danish story with elimination at eight-final of the Men’s World Championship 2017 in France, against Hungary.


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