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Gro and Katja: Champions in Love Print E-mail
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Real Life Romance

"The hottest lesbian from Toten!" a television commentator proclaimed, but champion handballer Gro Hammerseng took exception to that statement. "No!" she was quick to say; she wanted to make sure everyone knew she was from Gjøvik in Oppland, Norway, not Toten!

    UPDATE

  • It was confirmed on the 6th of August 2010 in a press release that Gro and Katja have decided to go their separate ways. In the midst of a swirl of rumours, the two sports stars have continued to keep their personal lives private, and we hope that their fans will honour this decision too.

But all of Gro's fans, including her longtime paramour and teammate Katja Nyberg, would no doubt be quick to agree on the first two points the fellow had made. In fact, it had been Katja and Gro's romance that seemed to have empowered his words. Theirs is a love affair that has captured the hearts and imaginations of many who have chanced to learn of their relationship; and although the couple officially ended their many year long relationship on the 6th of August 2010, theirs is a story that will continue to be revered as one of the great romances of our times.


Gro Hammerseng and Katja Nyberg met through what appears to be a mutual love for a sport they have both mastered, handball. Gro has been team captain for the professional club for which she plays in Norway as well as for the national team that was sent to the 2008 Olympics. Katja, a valuable teammate, was by her side as their teams won both the 2004 and 2006 European Championships as well as the 2008 Olympic gold. Both women are a powerful presence in their own right - Gro was voted Most Valuable Player in the 2004 and 2006 European Championships and Katja the much celebrated MVP in the 2007 World Women's Handball Championship - but together the two immediately catch the eye as they are an amazing pair that has become a stirring symbol of friendship, comaraderie, teamwork and love.

Though the couple has declined to talk about their relationship openly, the affection and care that the two share is very hard to miss, and it's all been easily conveyed via the images that have been captured of them both on the court and off. One major international news source even went as far as to highlight the bonds they share in Gro Hammerseng's official biography stating that, "Hammerseng first expressed her love to Nyberg during the 2006 Championships after Norway had won the gold, and Nyberg was sitting in the stands, drawing an imaginary heart in the air directed towards her lover. Nyberg reciprocated the gesture."(1) Many of these images and moments are presented in the video clips that you can view here.

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Gro and Katja: Champions in Love
Mar 12 2009 18:00:43
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Re:Gro and Katja: Champions in Love
Feb 07 2011 18:26:33
I have been following these ladies for a while now, even after the break up I couldn’t stop myself from reading what happened with them now.

Their life and profession were amazing, how the met and played handball for the same team and for their country Norway. Of course Katja is originally Finnish and was born in Sweden but she became a citizen of Norway and with Gro and the team won a lot of European and Olympic golden medals.

Between the two my favorite is Katja, I can’t decide why but that’s how I feel, I follow her news, her injury, when will she come back to play, simply everything.

Their story is similar to Bette and Tina, yeeeeeeeeeeeeees the L Word Ladies.

One cheated and left, and the other still trying to get control of her life and profession.

I am even a member in a forum that has almost 1 million entries about them, crazy but true…

I can’t help it; I just love this lady…
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Re:Gro and Katja: Champions in Love
Feb 15 2011 05:13:31
Yes, yes... I was taken by their story too and I think it's brilliant that the romance seemed to take back seat to the fact that the two ladies were living and achieving and just happened to make a life together... or so it seemed to me.

I don't believe in monogamy for humans... even if it's serial, I think that it's hard to be bonded to one person for life.. just cause ppl grow and change... but am thrilled to have been able to live their romance vicariously even for the moment.

I was thinking a lot of the couples that were celebrated in real life.. erm.. like 'regular' couples (whatever our societies have deemed that to be)... have also gone their separate ways (sad though that may be, but seems like a potentially natural course). So far, from the front page only Ellen and Portia have kept it together.
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Re:Gro and Katja: Champions in Love
Feb 15 2011 19:49:31
Aria wrote:

I don't believe in monogamy for humans... even if it's serial, I think that it's hard to be bonded to one person for life.. just cause ppl grow and change... but am thrilled to have been able to live their romance vicariously even for the moment.


I have to disagree with you Marie, monogamy is part of human life, it’s a necessity more than anything else, and it’s what allows us the freedom of taking and therefore giving the other partner…

Gro and Katja:

The break up was sad, because the way it happened showed that LOVE is not forever...
Katja was heartbroken and Gro is taking the new woman to all their places and among their friends...
I just don't get it...
#2532
Re:Gro and Katja: Champions in Love
Feb 16 2011 10:01:13
Hanin wrote:
Aria wrote:

I don't believe in monogamy for humans... even if it's serial, I think that it's hard to be bonded to one person for life.. just cause ppl grow and change... but am thrilled to have been able to live their romance vicariously even for the moment.


I have to disagree with you Marie, monogamy is part of human life, it’s a necessity more than anything else, and it’s what allows us the freedom of taking and therefore giving the other partner…

Gro and Katja:

The break up was sad, because the way it happened showed that LOVE is not forever...
Katja was heartbroken and Gro is taking the new woman to all their places and among their friends...
I just don't get it...


Absolutely do agree yes... yes... monogamy is very necessary and is an essential part of human life as we know it... particularly because it meets the demands of society (society needs family to work and in many cultures family means monogamy), but I think that sadly just because we are changeable beings... having different needs as we grow and develop... that we will fall out of love or fall into another kind of love... change is inevitable... and with change comes adjustments in how we view ourselves and others and so it seems to me that monogamy becomes less and less sustainable under these conditions.

What I really do love though is that humans can record the amazing moments of monogamy and we can relive them in photos and song and poetry and film and there is where I see an enormous potential for keeping the love between two people alive and well.

I used to think it was very sad when favourite couples decide to go their separate ways, but now I just feel happy for anyone of those two who can manage to find renewed happiness in the face of our changing needs and the changes in the world around us.
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