The Danish star after illness: 'I was really pressed'

"I have reached a point where I feel really comfortable. I am really looking forward to having of the place. Mentally I really think, I am charged to tackle it

The Danish star after illness: 'I was really pressed'

"I have reached a point where I feel really comfortable. I am really looking forward to having of the place. Mentally I really think, I am charged to tackle it, you will be exposed."

the Words come from a storsmilende Mie Højlund before the WORLD championships in Japan, Denmark opens on Saturday against Australia. She has it in his own words 'really good' today, after some years, when the reality was quite different.

Landsholdsprofilen was affected by stress. Handball was no longer fun, the pressure around the school grew, and she had to take the drastic step to opt-out of the finals in 2016.

the Break – she then took – was necessary that it should not go completely wrong.

today she is In high spirits and ready to fight in the red and white colors.

When she looks back on everything she has been through, she is also happy to be able to say that now she is at his second finals in two years and thus one of the 18 selected, as Klavs Bruun Jørgensen has taken to the WORLD cup in Kumamoto.

"It has meant so much. At that time it was not possible for me to take of the place. I was really pushed. I think it's just, you learn so much. That when you go through such a tough period of time, how to tackle one's thoughts and body. These are the experiences you take with it. It is, I think, really, has helped me very much. It may well be, it was an insanely tough period to get through, but it also makes, I probably don't need to go through that again," says Mie Højlund.

She is part of a world of sport, where the inner thoughts often are packed away.

"In sport, there is much focus on the next match and training, which may not be talked so much about feelings, and how the person behind it. I think that has come more focus on this with the mental coach and other important things, which you also know is essential in handball," says Mie Højlund.

Although she is one of them, who is open about it. She hopes it can do, to others who maybe sitting in the same situation, can think that they are not alone and therefore choose to say no.

However, she also frankly that the situation has not always been easy to talk about.

"I Should have talked about it, while it lasted, it had been insanely cross-border. It has now been some years. I didn't know what happened then, and what it was."

"I have learned something about myself, as I really want to share with others and hope, other young people also learn to say no. I have it good to talk about it. Hopefully it is a completely closed chapter for me, as I can talk freely about," says Mie Højlund.

Now, where she is out on the other side, she can also see that her apologies and honesty haven't got the sporting consequences.

For she is not only a profile at Odense Handball. She is also in for his second finals in two years.

"I am really grateful, Klavs gives me the opportunity and the chance to come up with. In the period I had it, was Christmas good to talk with, and he had understanding of things. I think that really is important, a coach has. It is comforting for me to feel that even if you go through it, there is still a belief that one enough to come back and to do it well and not think 'oh no, smoking I now'," says Mie Højlund.

Updated Date: 29 November 2019, 08:00

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