The media interest was huge when the Norwegian team arrived at their team hotel in Herning this afternoon.
The Norwegian players are hoping for their fourth straight EHF EURO title and the reigning champions are convinced they can beat Denmark on Saturday night in Herning to reach the final where the winners of the clash will face either Sweden or Romania.
One of the players who will be helping them on their quest is wing player Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth.
Aside from her EHF EURO trophies she is also an Olympic Gold medallist and was a silver medallist at the 2007 world championships.
In 2008 the 26-year-old, who plays her club handball for Larvik HK was awarded World Handball Player of the Year, and in the last EHF EURO in FYR Macedonia she was the tournament top scorer and member of the All Star Team.
”˜Linka´, as she known by her teammates, spoke to ehf-euro.com about the Norwegians EHF EURO 2010 so far and about the Scandinavian clash tomorrow in Herning.
ehf-euro.com: Due to the loss against Sweden in the Main Round, you finished second in your group and now face a semi-final clash against Denmark on Danish soil. Is this a heavy burden?
Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth: Two of the best teams in the world meet in a match attended by 12,500 frenetic spectators so we will see a great match played in an outstanding atmosphere.
Denmark versus Norway have always had good matches historically - so we are absolutely looking forward to this game.
ehf-euro.com: You beat Denmark in the EHF EURO 2006 Final in Budapest, Hungary. Is this a good omen for the match tomorrow?
Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth: Maybe yes, maybe no. The situation is completely different now, as the teams are different and the players are different as both have great players and coaches now.
We really have to give all we can to win this match - and we are eager to win. We have to be prepared from the first to the last second.
ehf-euro.com: Are Norway the favourites for this match?
Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth: I think it´s a 50/50 situation like in the other semi-final. All four teams have played really well until now, so we will have to see what happens.
We want to win, but in case we lose we will have to stand up again for the Bronze medal match.
ehf-euro.com: Your counter-attacks are both yours and Denmark´s sharpest weaopons. Will the game tomorrow be the fastest of EHF EURO 2010?
Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth: I hope that we play our normal way of play and this includes counter attacks, the same as the Danish style.
If we both go at full speed we will see a match with many goals, but we should not only look at our attacks, but concentrate on our defence too and we will have to fight for every ball.
If the defence stand strong, the chance to start our counter attacks is, of course, higher.