Embla Kristínardóttir

Ingunn Embla Kristínardóttir (born 27 October 1995) is an Icelandic basketball player who plays for Úrvalsdeild kvenna club Skallagrímur. She won the Icelandic championship in 2013 with Keflavík. The same year, she debuted for the Icelandic national basketball team.

Embla Kristínardóttir
Embla Kristínardóttir (2015).jpg
Embla in the 2015 Cup finals.
No. 15 – Skallagrímur
PositionPoint guard
LeagueÚrvalsdeild kvenna
Personal information
Born (1995-10-27) October 27, 1995 (age 26)
NationalityIcelandic
Listed height170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Career information
Playing career2012–present
Career history
2012–2015Keflavík
2015–2017Grindavík
2017–2019Keflavík
2020Fjölnir
2020–presentSkallagrímur
Career highlights and awards

Playing careerEdit

Club careerEdit

Embla played her first senior games with Keflavík during the 2012-2013 season where she averaged 6.8 points and 2.3 assists in 35 regular season and playoffs game[1] and helped the club to both the national championship and the Icelandic Cup. She missed most of the following season due to pregnancy.[2]

In January 2015, she helped Keflavík to the Cup finals, but was unable to prevent a loss to Grindavík.[3] In February 2015, Embla received a two-game suspension from the Icelandic Basketball Federation disciplinary court for kicking Gunnhildur Gunnarsdóttir.[4][5] She helped Keflavík to the Úrvalsdeild finals where they lost 0-3 to Snæfell.[6] For the season, Embla averaged 8.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

In August 2015, she signed a two-year contract with Grindavík.[7] In 2016, she helped Grindavík take a 2-1 lead against Haukar in the semi-finals of the Úrvalsdeild kvenna playoffs.[8] Haukar won the next two games and advanced to the finals.[9] The next season, Embla was unable to prevent Grindavík from being relegated but agreed to play with the team during the 2017-2018 Division I season.[10]

Unhappy with new coach Angela Rodriguez, Embla left Grindavík in December 2017,[11] after averaging 21.3 points, 12.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists, and returned to Keflavík.[12][13] On January 13, 2018, she won the Icelandic Cup with Keflavík after defeating Njarðvík in the Cup finals, 74-63.[14] She led all Keflavík players in scoring with 20 points.[15]

In January 2020, Embla signed with Fjölnir. In her debut, she had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals in 13 minutes.[16] She averaged 12.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in 6 games before the rest of the season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic in Iceland.

On 15 May 2020, Embla signed with reigning Icelandic Cup champions Skallagrímur.[17][18] On 20 September 2020, she scored 10 points in Skallagrímur's 74-68 victory against Valur in the Icelandic Super Cup.[19] For the season, she averaged 7.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

National team careerEdit

Between 2013 and 2019, Embla played 21 games for the Icelandic women's national basketball team.[20] She helped the team to silver at the 2013, 2015[21] and the 2017 Games of the Small States of Europe.

In an interview with RÚV in January 2018, she stated that she would no longer play for the national team if the Icelandic Basketball Federation would continue to select players convicted of sexual crimes to their national team programs.[22]

In November 2018, Embla was selected to the team ahead of its games against Slovakia and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the EuroBasket Women 2019 qualification.[23]

Personal lifeEdit

When Embla was 13 years old, she was raped by a 20 year old member of the Icelandic national track and field team.[24] The man was convicted of the crime but received a suspended sentence.[25] Her story was featured in RÚV coverage of the Me Too movement in Iceland in January 2018.[26]

From 2016 to 2017, Embla struggled with Bulimia. She was ultimately helped by coach Helgi Jónas Guðfinnsson to return to health.[27]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Embla Kristínardóttir". kki.is (in Icelandic). Icelandic Basketball Federation. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Ingunn Embla leikur ekki með Keflavík í vetur". karfan.is (in Icelandic). 26 September 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  3. ^ Anton Ingi Leifsson (21 February 2015). "Umfjöllun, viðtöl og myndir: Grindavík - Keflavík 68-61 - Grindavík bikarmeistari kvenna 2015!". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Ingunn Embla kærð". RÚV (in Icelandic). 2 February 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  5. ^ Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (4 February 2015). "Ingunn Embla dæmd í tveggja leikja bann". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  6. ^ Skúli Unnar Sveinsson (27 April 2015). "Snæfell meistari eftir magnaðan sigur". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  7. ^ Ingvi Þór Sæmundsson (12 August 2015). "Ingunn Embla til Grindavíkur". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Ég á helling inni". Víkurfréttir (in Icelandic). 8 April 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  9. ^ Stefán Árni Pálsson (11 April 2016). "Umfjöllun, viðtöl og myndir: Haukar - Grindavík 74-39 - Haukar flugu í úrslit". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Embla og Angela áfram í Grindavík". karfan.is (in Icelandic). 21 July 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Embla ósátt". Víkurfréttir (in Icelandic). 4 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  12. ^ Jón Júlíus Karlsson (8 December 2017). "Ingunn Embla heim til Keflavíkur". RÚV (in Icelandic). Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  13. ^ Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (8 December 2017). "Keflvíkingar ekki lengi að redda landsliðskonu fyrir Emelíu". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Keflavík bikarmeistari annað árið í röð". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 13 January 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  15. ^ Runólfur Trausti Þórhallsson (13 January 2018). "Keflavík er bikarmeistari 2018". RÚV (in Icelandic). Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  16. ^ Davíð Eldur (1 February 2020). "Embla til Fjölnis". Karfan.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  17. ^ Anton Ingi Leifsson (15 May 2020). "Embla til liðs við bikarmeistarana". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  18. ^ "Mikil stemning í Borgarnesi". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 18 May 2020. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  19. ^ "Bikarmeistararnir gegn Íslandsmeisturunum" (in Icelandic). Vísir.is. 20 September 2020. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  20. ^ "A Landslið kvenna". kki.is (in Icelandic). Icelandic Basketball Federation. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  21. ^ "Smáþjóðaleikar 2017 - Reynsla íslensku stelpnanna". Icelandic Basketball Federation (in Icelandic). 27 May 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  22. ^ "Leikur ekki fyrir Íslands hönd á meðan dæmdir nauðgarar gera það". Víkurfréttir (in Icelandic). 19 January 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  23. ^ "Landslið kvenna - Unnur Tara í landsliðshópinn fyrir leikina tvo í nóvember". Icelandic Basketball Federation (in Icelandic). 9 November 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  24. ^ "Nauðgað af íþróttamanni og fékk samfélagið á móti sér". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 18 January 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  25. ^ Birgir Olgeirsson (18 January 2018). "Embla segir frá því þegar henni var nauðgað á fjórtánda aldursári af frjálsíþróttamanni". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  26. ^ Alma Ómarsdóttir (18 January 2018). "Af hverju á okkur alltaf að líða svona illa?". RÚV (in Icelandic). Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  27. ^ "Hrósað fyrir flott form eftir langa baráttu við búlimíu". Víkurfréttir (in Icelandic). 27 October 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2020.

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