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Iceland Handball Trumps Croatian Water Polo

Dorrit Moussaieff, wife of Iceland's President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, taunts a fallen Pole. (By Marcelo Del Pozo - Reuters).

Exactly one month ago, a wise man told me I should focus on the Icelandic men's handball team at the Olympics. I ignored him. Whoops. Per Mostly Modern Media:

What we thought before this game is just to do what our forefathers did. They at most endured, like, two or three days at home in peace, and then they had to destroy something. They had to go and fight war somewhere. They went with their boats and stuff like that, and we were just on our boats, destroying something. That's how we went to the game, just to enjoy those 60 minutes like our (unintelligible) in life. That's what you do. That's what you live for.

That was after a quarterfinal win over Poland. The Christian Science Monitor came up with this incredible stat: Iceland has won more per-capita Summer Olympic medals all-time than the U.S. Oh, and Iceland has won three Summer Olympics medals all-time. Now, the Icelanders will, at worst, equal their best-ever Olympic handball result here, and could still get their country's first gold.

Plus the goalie is taking cracks at Bjork. And a colleague who vacationed in Iceland has great stories of gnomes, thermal energy stones knit into sweaters, and fermented seal alcohol. Sigh. As Visir put it, "Þar sannast hið forkveðna - íslensk lið standa sig best þegar fæstir eiga von á því."

Meanwhile, I'm sitting here with a ridiculous mustache on my face, and the Croatian water polo team is no more after yesterday's stunning quarterfinal loss to Montenegro.

Several Croatian players refused to comment after the loss. Their expectations were so high they even decided to grow their mustaches out as a sign of team unity and as an ode to their mustachioed coach. [Driver Maro] Jokovic said he expected many of them to shave soon -- maybe even before playing Spain for fifth place.

For this I gave up war-mongering Icelanders?

Great mustache, bad loss. (By Laszlo Balogh - Reuters)

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 21, 2008; 6:59 AM ET
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The headline says "sans Bjork" ... not a bad way to live your life, if you ask me.

Posted by: Bill Fitzgerald | August 21, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

more of pictures of the steinberg 'stache... please and thank you

Posted by: littles | August 21, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

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