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What Makes Norwegian Volleyball Player Janne Kongshavn an Interesting Athlete?

Updated on August 11, 2018

A First Look at Janne Kongshavn of Oslo, Norway

Beach volleyball player Janne Kongshavn is seen here getting ready to serve the ball during a match in 2016.
Beach volleyball player Janne Kongshavn is seen here getting ready to serve the ball during a match in 2016. | Source
Janne Kongshavn is ready to serve as she signals to her partner. This photo was taken during the same match in 2016 as the above one.
Janne Kongshavn is ready to serve as she signals to her partner. This photo was taken during the same match in 2016 as the above one.

Janne Kongshavn is Probably an Athlete Most of us Have Never Heard of

Janne Kongshavn is a female beach volleyball player from Norway that leads a very interesting life besides playing beach volleyball on the professional tour. The first thing that needs to be mentioned is that although Janne is usually a male name in Finland, in this situation, we are analyzing the interesting life of a person that is named Janne but she is female. Although during an interview there was also some interesting information we found out from her partner Vilde Solvoll, the main focus of the article will be what makes Janne Kongshavn such an interesting athlete besides the fact that she is a beautiful woman that plays a popular sport.

Janne Kongshavn Celebrates With Her Partner Katherine Maaseide

Norway's Janne Kongshavn (right) celebrates with Katherine Maaseide (left). Doesn't it feel good to win?
Norway's Janne Kongshavn (right) celebrates with Katherine Maaseide (left). Doesn't it feel good to win? | Source

Reason #1: She Plays Chess

Janne Kongshavn is an interesting athlete because she plays chess. She once played a game of chess with Magnus Carlsen and Victoria Kjolberg. However, Janne’s partner in this game was Ludvig Hammer. Carlsen’s biggest claim to fame is that he is also very skilled at playing football, basketball, and volleyball. The game of chess that she played was a team chess game or competition. However, Kongshavn would lose that game.

Janne Kongshavn in Antalya, Turkey in 2016

Janne Kongshavn of Norway is ready to do a jump serve against Team Turkey in 2016 in Antalya.
Janne Kongshavn of Norway is ready to do a jump serve against Team Turkey in 2016 in Antalya.

She Has a Very Interesting Life for a Beach Volleyball Player

And the second reason why Janne Kongshavn is such an interesting athlete in the sport of beach volleyball is due to the interesting nature of her life that she leads with partner Vilde Solvoll. Kongshaven and Solvoll were interviewed by FIVB (the International Volleyball Federation). Among the topics that were discussed include:

What Makes Janne Kongshavn Interesting Was Revealed During a 2016 Interview

  • The training regimen for Janne Kongshavn and her partner Vilde Solvoll
  • What the pair does to deal and manage on long flights
  • Their favorite places(s) to play the sport that they love
  • The number of countries that the pair have played in
  • Whether they have played snow volleyball or not
  • The overall strength between the pair physically

What Did She Say During That 2016 Interview?

In an interview in 2016, Kongshavn revealed that although the pair has a coach that coaches them, he is not always able to be with them for all of their matches. With that said, how does this pair survive especially on very long flights? Kongshavn and her partner just try to get as much sleep as possible on long flights. Kongshavn revealed that she takes a sleeping pill and then she is able to manage being on long flights that way. However, the interview was about to get much more interesting even though it was only just over three minutes long.

Janne Kongshavn With her Partner Vilde Solvoll in a Hotel Room

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Where Does Janne Enjoy Playing the Most?

When asked about what her favorite place was to play volleyball, Kongshavn, 33, said that she loves to play in Stavanger. The reason she gave for the answer is because of the overall atmosphere in Stavanger. Lots of people tend to show up there every time that the pair plays volleyball there. When she was asked about how many countries she played volleyball in, Kongshavn revealed that she was asked this same question by her grandfather! Laughing during the interview, Kongshavn said that she has played in 43 countries (as of 2016). Although Kongshavn originally said that the pair have not played volleyball in the snow, her partner replied that they have practiced in snow a few times. As far as which of the two is the stronger player on tour, Kongshavn revealed that the two of them are two of the strongest girls on the tour. Kongshavn even beat her partner at arm wrestling! The interview took place in Antalya Open prior to the start of match play as the wind was blowing.

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