Gro Hammerseng (born April 10, 1980 in Gjøvik) is a Norwegian handball player. She is currently the captain of the Norway women's national handball team, and plays club handball for Danish club Ikast-Bording.

She started her club career in now-defunct Vardal, and later played for Raufoss and Gjøvik og Vardal.

She made her national team debut in 2000. She has led Norway to two consecutive victories in the European Women's Handball Championship, in 2004[1] and 2006,[2] being voted the tournament's most valuable player both times.[3] As of 23 August 2008, she has played 147 games for Norway, scoring 585 goals.[4]

She is in a long-term relationship with fellow Ikast and Norway player Katja Nyberg.[5]

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.[6]

She was voted World Handball Player of the Year 2007 by the readers of the World Handball Magazine and the International Handball Federation web site visitors.[7]

Hammerseng was the captain of the Norway women's national handball team that won the 2008 Summer Olympics Women's Handball tournament.[8][9]


  1. Berglund, Nina. "'Handball girls' party all night", Aftenposten, 20 December 2004. Retrieved on 2008-08-24. 
  2. "'Handball girls' relish European Championship", Aftenposten, 18 December 2006. Retrieved on 2008-08-24. 
  3. "Athletes: Gro Hammerseng", NBC. Retrieved on 2008-08-24. 
  4. Gro Hammerseng
  5. Strømsheim, Gro; Sigve Kvamme. "- Ja, vi er kjærester", Dagbladet, 23 October 2005. Retrieved on 2008-02-13. Template:Languageicon 
  6. Norwegian athletes get legal advice on protest rights, Aftenposten, 17 April 2008
  7. "2007 World Handball Players Of The Year: Gro Hammerseng (NOR) + Nikola Karabatic (FRA)", International Handball Federation, 7 August 2008. Retrieved on 2008-08-24. 
  8. "- Olympic Gold for Norway - crushed Russia 34-27", Norway Post, 23 August 2008. Retrieved on 2008-08-23. 
  9. "- Women's Gold Medal Match - Match 42 / Norway vs Russian Fed.", Beijing 2008, 23 August 2008. Retrieved on 2008-08-23. 

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