Heidi Løke

Heidi Løke
Personal information
Born (1982-12-12) 12 December 1982
Tønsberg, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Pivot
Club information
Current club Győri Audi ETO KC
Number 5
Senior clubs
IL Runar
Larvik HK
Gjerpen IF
Aalborg DH
Larvik HK
Győri Audi ETO KC
National team
2006– Norway 174 (650)

Heidi Løke (born 12 December 1982) is a Norwegian handball player. She currently plays for Győri Audi ETO KC and the Norwegian national team. Among her achievements as club player are national championships, a silver medal in the EHF Women's Cup Winners' Cup, and reaching the semifinal in the EHF Women's Champions League.


Club career

Løke was born in Tønsberg and grew up in Sandefjord[1] where she started to play handball at the age of ten. She played for Runar, Larvik, Gjerpen and Aalborg DH before she again played for Larvik between 2008 and 2011. She was top scorer in the Norwegian League in the 2008/2009 and 2009/2010 seasons, and was selected Player of the Year in the league both in 2008/2009 and in 2009/2010. Her club won gold medals in both the League and the Cup in 2008/2009, and again in 2009/2010. With Larvik she reached the final in the EHF Women's Cup Winners' Cup in 2008/2009, winning the silver medal. Her club reached the semifinal in the EHF Women's Champions League in 2009/2010.

On 29 November 2010 it was rumored that she would sign with top Hungarian team Győri Audi ETO KC, but Løke refused to comment on the speculations until the forthcoming European Championship were over.[2]

Few weeks later, on 31 December 2010, it was announced that Løke had agreed a two-years contract with Győr and would join her new club after the ongoing season was finished. As Larvik's general manager Bjørn-Gunnar Bruun Hansen revealed, they were in negotiation talks with Løke for a while, but the excellent line player got an offer they simply could not match.[3] Shortly after her signing with Györ, Larvik's head coach Karl Erik Bøhn was dismissed from his job, due to his role in the events.[4][5]

On 1 March 2012 Løke was given the IHF World Player of the Year award in recognition of her performances throughout 2011 both on club and international level.[6]

International career

Løke made her debut in the Norwegian national team on 7 April 2006 against Hungary.[7] She participated on the Norwegian team that won gold medals at the 2008 European Women's Handball Championship in Macedonia. She won a bronze medal with the Norwegian team at the 2009 World Women's Handball Championship in Beijing. At the 2010 European Women's Handball Championship she won a gold medal with the Norwegian team, and was selected into the All-Star team as best pivot (line player) of the tournament.[8] The next year, at the World Championship, she repeated this success, collecting both the gold medal and earning a place in the All-Star team.[9]


Heidi is not the only professional handballer in the Løke family. Her older brother, Frank Løke is playing for Lübbecke and the Norwegian national team.[10] Her sister, Lise Løke is a player for Postenligaen team Storhamar Håndball.[11]

She had a relationship with her former coach Leif Gautestad,[12] with whom she had a son, Alexander,[13][14] born in 2007. The couple separated in 2010.

She recently broke up with former partner Karl Erik Bøhn.


Awards and recognition


  1. Hansen, Ole Jonny Eriksrud (16 December 2012). "- Alt dette er en del av livet, dessverre" (in Norwegian). Nettavisen. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  2. "Løke stikker fra Larvik" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet.no. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2011.
  3. "Heidi Løke klar for Györ" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet.no. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2011.
  4. Bakkehaug, Wegard (3 January 2011). "Bøhn ferdig som Larvik-trener". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  5. Overvik, Jostein (6 January 2011). "Grunnleggende menneskerett å være med sin elskede. Bøhn ikke enig med Larvik - saken til retten". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  6. "Heidi Løke and Mikkel Hansen World Handball Players of the Year 2011". International Handball Federation. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  7. "Landslagsprofiler Heidi Løke" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Handball Federation (www.handball.no). Retrieved 5 December 2008.
  8. "EHF Euro 2010. All Star Team announced". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  9. "Heja Norge: Norway World Champion 2011!". International Handball Federation. 18 December 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  10. "Landskampstatistikk. Totaloversikt for Løke, Frank" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Handball Federation (www.handball.no). Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  11. "Lise Løke #17" (in Norwegian). Storhamar Håndball. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  12. Hole, Arne (8 December 2009). "Hun takker mannen". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  13. Bucher Hansen, Tom (31 December 2010). "Løke forlater Larvik". Agderposten (in Norwegian). Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  14. Bergsli, Bent (14 December 2010). "Verdens aller beste". Telemarksavisa (in Norwegian). Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  15. "All Star Team announced". European Handball Federation. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  16. "EHF Champions League 2014/15 - All-stars take to the court at the 2015 MVM EHF FINAL4". ehfcl.com. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
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