17/07/2018 14:56
Rising stars BeachVolley Vikings on a hunt for gold
2018 CEV DELA Beach Volleyball European Championship

The Hague, The Netherlands, July 17, 2018. Anders Berntsen Mol and Christian Sandlie Sørum of Norway are the world’s rising Beach Volleyball stars. At 21 and 22 years of age respectively, they are still extremely young – but they are a force to reckon with as they showed last week at the Gstaad Major where they won the first FIVB World Tour gold medal for Norway in 20 years. As a result, the expectations back home are extremely high for the 2018 #EuroBeachVolley as well – where Anders and Christian hope to cement their status even further.

Their victory last Saturday was a bit of a sensation – yet Mol and Sørum have been around for a while despite their young age. The BeachVolley Vikings – that is the nickname they have chosen for themselves as well as for the tandem comprising Anders’s brother, Hendrik Nikolai Mol and cousin, Mathias Berntsen – have won an impressive number of medals in age-group competitions but they have been a force to reckon with at the highest level since earlier this year.

It’s some sort of family business – since the father of Anders is coaching them and mum Merita Berntsen competed at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where Beach Volleyball made its debut on the Olympic programme.

Anders is a two-time U20 European champion – once with Mathias Berntsen in 2015 and a year later with the younger brother of his current partner, Aleksander. Last year, Anders and Mathias Berntsen finished second at the U22 European Championship in Baden before Mol and Christian Sørum teamed up again for most of the season, eventually taking gold from the CEV Masters in Ljubljana.

As they admit, Anders and Christian are bringing Norway back to the international Beach Volleyball map. The Scandinavian country boasts some of the real pioneers in this sport – such as Jan Kvalheim and Bjørn Maaseide, Vegard Høidalen and Jørre André Kjemperud, names that made Beach Volleyball history back in the 90s and in the early years of the past decade too.  

It is about time for Norway to get back to where they belong – Mol/Sørum are vying in the Netherlands for the first Norwegian #EuroBeachVolley medal in six years. Back in 2012, when the continental showpiece took place in Scheveningen/The Hague, Martin Spinnangr and Tarjei Skarlund won bronze. As Anders says, “We are young, we may look young, but we play like a mature team does.” They did show exactly this on Monday in Apeldoorn when they started their quest for gold with a comprehensive 2-0 victory (21-10, 21-18) over France’s Maxime Thiercy and Arnaud Gauthier-Rat.

Watch out, because the BeachVolley Vikings are willing to make some more noise!

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