Norway's secret weapon: Marielle Hansen


Marielle Hanson of Norway

We take a look at Norway's Marielle Hansen who has joined the ranks of Northern Europe's Elite Women Boxers in recent years. The 23-year-old boxer was a quarter-finalist in the last European Women's Championships in Rotterdam and almost qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Hansen remains unbeaten in 2013 despite frequently competing at international level. Many consider her to be Norway's secret weapon for a medal in the forthcoming major events along with European Championships silver medalist Ingrid Egner.

How and when did you get involved in boxing?
One of my classmates introduced me to boxing in 2007. I was already doing kickboxing and wanted to get better technically with my hands.

What do you love most about boxing?
Winning matches, development, mastery and all the other unique experiences we have in this environment.

How often do you train in a week?
I train 14 times a week. That's 2 times a day without any rest day.

What is your opinion about Norway's current women's boxing team?
We have a good fun environment and lots of skilled boxers. One of my best relationships in the team is with Ingid Egner.

Marielle, you competed in your first AIBA event in the 6th Women's World Boxing Championships in Bridgetown, Barbados where you lost to London Olympic Champion Nicola Adams of England. How do you remember on that fight?
I think my mistake was not entering to win that contest. I had already lost the bout before I even stepped into the ring in Bridgetown.

You reached the quarter-final in the 2011 European Women's Championships in Rotterdam where once again only Nicola Adams was able to beat you. Have you changed your tactic against your top rival after your first contest?
Yes, I had my coach Mr. Hjalmar Styve with me in Rotterdam. We tried to build up a new tactical plan against Adams, but she was too experienced and I lost our battle.

Marielle, you won two contests against strong American rivals in the 7th AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships in Qinhuangdao, China. Were you more motivated given the qualification potential for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games?
My main goal was to increase my international experience; that was the most important thing for me in 2012. When I saw some boxers from other continents, I thought I might as well have gone for it in 2012... But now I have still time to develop until the next qualification period.

You had an excellent performance in the Golden Girl Boxing Cup in Sweden and at the Nordic Cup in Aalborg. How do you feel you did in this year's events?
I felt I showed good boxing, but I can do better in upcoming events.

What was your opinion about your final rival at the Nordic Cup in Aarhus, Sweden's Juliana Soederstroem?
She's a good boxer, but she didn't compete in 54kg during the Golden Girl this year so we only met in the Nordic Cup.

Have you changed anything in your training sessions in the recent months?
Nothing important. Just a new strength program.

What is the difference between women's boxing in 2007 and 2013?
Now we are at a much higher technical and physical level so the development of women's boxing is progressing well.

May I ask you what your future plans in boxing are?
My main target is the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 but firstly I would like to do my best in the 2014 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships in Canada.

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