Mikkel Hansen! Mikkel Hansen! Mikkel Hansen!

4 Feb

So this past Sunday, my host family and I gathered around the television to watch Denmark take on Serbia in the European Handball Championship Match. For those of you who don’t know what Handball is (that was me too) here’s a link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Team_handball). It’s like a game that you’d invent in your driveway or something. Basically, combine indoor soccer, basketball and hockey – 7 players on each team, you can only take 3 steps before dribbling, passing, or shooting, (as long as you don’t step into the goalie’s zone), two 30 minute halves, and score score and score again! The Danes invented the sport and take great pride in their competitiveness at it.

The Championship Match was thrilling and wasn’t decided until the very end. Here’s a look at the last minute and a half: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBtKW-FUhCU #24 who scores Denmark’s final goal is the star of the team – Mikkel Hansen, and he really lived up to his billing during the game. As he was preparing to shoot on that last breakaway you see in the video, the Danish announcers on tv (biggest homers ever) started chanting “Mikkel Hansen! Mikkel Hansen! Mikkel Hansen!” which Mikkel Hansen punctuated by scoring and sealing the victory – by far the most exciting and fun moment of the match!

Of course, on Monday, the team was celebrating at the Copenhagen City Hall, so my esteemed colleague Taylor Rose and I made the 5 minute walk from our classes to the Square to celebrate with the crowd. Here are the pictures:

About 20,000 turned out to show their support. Despite the cold, there was a lot of positive energy in the celebration – it was really neat to see the pride the Danes have for their national sports teams. Can’t wait for a soccer match in the Spring!

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One Response to “Mikkel Hansen! Mikkel Hansen! Mikkel Hansen!”

  1. brooke ober February 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    Nathan,
    So glad you could participate in the Dane’s celebration. It looks pretty cold there…..how cold is it?

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