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The handball whiz

Ola Romsaas (16), Oslo
The TV series SKAM (Shame) has led to international focus on young Norwegians. We have met 10 real youngsters from generation Skam, representing both urban and rural parts of the country.
Ola Romsaas, Oslo Ola Romsaas, Oslo
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Ola Romsaas, Oslo.
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“I want to play professional handball abroad and for the Norwegian national team. I also dream about winning even more championship medals for Norway. I would love to be there to help keep Norway in the world elite in the years to come. At the moment, I play for the national youth team, and also in the elite series for Haslum Håndballklubb.”

You are the first male Norwegian player born in the 2000s who has managed to become a Norwegian national champion in senior handball. How does it feel to be 16 and already a part of history?
“Maybe not a part of history. But winning the cup final with Haslum was an incredibly cool experience. Playing in front of five or six thousand spectators at the age of 16 is something only a select few get to experience. I have to admit that it was one of the best moments I’ve had at a handball court so far.”

What do you want to do after you’ve retired as a handball player?
“Who knows! I try to make an effort at school, too, so that I can get a good job later. I like natural science and mathematics, so maybe I can get a job in that field.”

What is the best thing about living where you live?
“I live at Kjelsås in Oslo, where I have the city centre just a stone’s throw away, but at the same time I live close to the forest and several great sports facilities.”

If you got visitors and wanted to show them the nicest place Oslo has to offer, where would that be?
“I would take them downtown to show them the Oslo Opera House from the outside. That’s the most spectacular building in Oslo, in my opinion.”

You attend a top-level sports gymnasium in Oslo?
“Yes, I attend WANG Sports Academy, and I’m very happy there. They help us reach our goals, both in our sports and with our schoolwork. And I get to go to school with people who share my passion for handball. That might be the very best thing.”

Being from the SKAM universe’s hometown, do you like the show?
“Yes, SKAM is a show that portrays the youth of today in a very realistic way – which I can confirm, being in secondary school myself. I have watched it, but to be honest, I haven’t paid attention to the latest seasons.”

What makes you ashamed?
Everything to do with acting. That’s just not for me.

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Ola Romsaas, Oslo
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Ola Romsaas, Oslo.
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen

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Ola Romsaas, Oslo.
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen
Ola Romsaas, Oslo
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Ola Romsaas, Oslo.
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen

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Ola Romsaas, Oslo.
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen
About SKAM

Skam is a Norwegian teen drama TV series about the daily life of teenagers at the Hartvig Nissen School, a gymnasium in the West End borough of Frogner in Oslo. The series is created by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK).

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