Guðmundur Guðmundsson, the Icelandic coach of the Danish national team in men’s handball, led his players to victory against France in the Olympic finals in Rio de Janeiro yesterday, 28:26. Denmark has never won the Olympic gold before.
In 2008, Guðmundur won silver at the Beijing Olympic with the Icelandic national team in men’s handball but lost in the finals against France. He told RÚV that it took him eight years to plot his revenge. “I’ve gone through the whole emotional scale. It’s a magnificent feeling to win the gold at the Olympics.”
Icelandic coaches have proven successful at the Olympics. Dagur Sigurðsson won the bronze with the German national team in men’s handball and Þórir Hergeirsson the bronze with the Norwegian national team in women’s handball. At the 2012 London Olympics, Þórir and Norway claimed the gold.