hummel meets Morten Olsen
When do you feel that you “own” the court?
It's a feeling that just hits you time and again. It's not something that you can control yourself and in some matches you never feel it. But sometimes you get the feeling that you can do it all, and everything just go right. It's such a fantastic feeling when you're really in the zone and having fun. That's owning the court.
What was the first court that you “owned”?
It was Ostedhallen in the little Danish town, Osted, where I played for Osted IF. My mum told me that my brothers and I used to visit the sports gym from a very early age. I come from a family where everyone has played handball, and, for this reason, us kids were just always at the gym too. When we were about three years old, we started to go onto the court and play ourselves. I still have a few memories from that time, like when we played “mini matches”. It's fun to look back at.
They are some good memories. We played a lot with the handball. And I can remember that when we weren't training, we still were at the sports gym just trying to find a door or two that we could use as goals. And while the parents were training, we were out in the storage room playing. There has been a lot of play and good times with both of my brothers.
It must have been a big contrast to courts that you play on today?
That's true – it's completely different today. There is a huge difference. When I was little, we just played for fun with our friends, and the only spectators for the matches were the parents of the players. So, as you might have guessed, this stands in stark contrast to the thousands of spectators I play in front of today – as many as 15,000 when we won the World Cup in Denmark in January. You can sense how much it means to our fans when we play – it’s just a fantastic feeling and it adds an extra amount of passion to both the game and players. It’s something all aspiring young handball players really should experience.
How would you describe your home ground at ‘Die Recken’ [TSV Hannover-Burgdorf]?
When I first came to the club, we didn't have that many spectators at the matches. Maybe 2,500 on average. Today, we have more than double, and we’ve moved to a larger arena with room for 10,000 spectators. We’re hoping for an even greater average attendance going forward. It has truly become a really strong home turf with loads of spectators who support us. It’s cliché, but the fans truly are the eighth player on the court. They are the ones helping us to ‘own’ the match and show that this is our home turf.
How would you describe the home turf when the national team won the World Cup back in January?
It was totally crazy and very special. It ended up being a really strong home turf, where the spectators weren't afraid to go for it. Some people were offended that the Danish fans booed the opposing teams, but I just found it liberating! It was just great to feel the strong support from our fans and for them to put some pressure on the opposing team. It showed our competitors that they were in Denmark and that this is our home turf. We owned the court.
You won gold in the World Cup in the new hummel Aerocharge Supremeknit. What do you think about it? And how important is the right shoes for the game?
They are really great shoes that you can move around in well. There's a good gliding feeling when you run in them. They are extremely comfortable to wear. The actual sock you step into fits the foot perfectly. For these reasons, I really like the shoes. It's crucial that you feel the right stability around the foot, and you do with this shoe. It's also important to wear a nice pair of shoes. I want them to have style and class. It gives you a boost to play in a pair of good-looking shoes. And I really love the new design. It's clean and cool.