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04/04/2019 22:00
Former Beach Volleyball stars claim Norwegian Snow Volleyball crown
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Rjukan, Norway, April 4, 2019. Norway hosted their first official Snow Volleyball national championship this past weekend at Rjukan, with teams ‘Young at Heart’ and ‘Trønderpigg’ claiming top honours from the women’s and men’s competitions, respectively. The event took place at Gausta Skisenter, the very same place where the Norwegian Federation and their promoter had hosted a first test event last year.

A group of well-known former Beach Volleyball players, aka the ‘Young at Heart’ team, displayed a very solid performance to claim the gold medals. Janne Kongshavn Hordvik, Kristine Wiig, Nila Håkedal and Ingrid Tørlen were the eventual winners of the event. “We had so much fun and it was just wonderful to play here at Gausta Skisenter,” said Ingrid Tørlen and Nila Håkedal, both former medallists from the Beach Volleyball European Championships. These four experienced players will be travelling to St. Anton next week to contest the last stop of the CEV Snow Volleyball European Tour 2019.

There was silver for the team ‘Oslo Snow’ with Sissel Eline Bjørnevik, Anne Winsnes Rødland and Oda Hveem, while the bronze went to Jenny Veddeng, Hedda Børresen and Kristiina Öis.

In the men’s competition, Team Trønderpigg emerged victorious, as Vegard Løkken, Henrik Skogen and Torje Thorkildsen beat Team A-Box with Jan Erik Moen, Sadegh Mohajer and Jørn Gamlemoen in the final.

Moen was actually due to play with Team Beachboys featuring Øyvind Hordvik and last year’s winners Svein Oddmund Solhaug and Lars Tveit Retterholt. However, after Team A-Box lost Vegard Høidalen due to injury the day before the start of the competition, Moen switched over to make sure that team would still enter the tournament. He ended up beating his original teammates 2-1 in the semi-finals. Hordvik, Solhaug and Retterholt eventually secured the bronze medals.

It was the first time the participants competed according to the new rules of the game – with three players standing on each side of the net. “The rule change was a wise move,” says speaker Hallvar Flatland, who thinks three players add something new to Snow Volleyball. “Three players make the game even more audience-friendly, and I am already looking forward to the next edition of the national championship.”

The organiser is the same that helped Norway deliver a number of Beach Volleyball competitions some years ago, including six editions of the junior national championships until 2011. “Next year will be great. We hope that the Norwegian Volleyball Federation can keep the weekend as free as possible from indoor matches, so that more teams can participate. Norway should be the best in the world in Snow Volleyball,” says Tournament Director Jan Erik Moen. “It takes time to build up a new sport, and the rule change came quite as a surprise for many but we have huge plans for 2020.”

In total, 12 men’s and 5 women’s teams participated in the tournament and the organisers hope to increase these numbers significantly for the 2020 edition.

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