"Handball, for us, has become not just a sport but the core of the national spirit. ... I’m here not just as a great fan of the team ... but to also pay homage to what they’ve done. ... A nation, after an initial shock, decided to move forward. ... And the handball team played a big role in that."
Islands president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson i Time om handbollens betydelse för nationen efter den ekonomiska krisen.