Handball stars Heidi (41) and Lise Løke (39) fight their way through the Norwegian wilderness in the crazy race “71° nord -team”. The fit sisters must use all their skills and strength to solve tasks, make their way through wild nature, and quickly reach the posts.
– It was insanely hard. At the same time, it was an experience of a lifetime that we will never forget, says Lise Løke to Se og Hør.
Caught in a bubble
You usually see the sisters giving it their all on the handball court. The competitive instinct was also tempered during filming, and with cameras in tow, Heidi and Lise gave everything in the fight for victory.
– We were really in competition mode, and ended up in a bubble. I am very happy that I had that trip with Lise. That’s why I said yes, says Heidi.
She has previously refused to take part in several other reality shows.
The Løke family is very close-knit, and Lise and Heidi in particular are close. They describe themselves as best friends, and as the only girls in a group of seven siblings, they developed a unique bond growing up.
– There have always been the two of us in a group of boys. We have been treated as part of the boys, and it was not made any easier because we were girls, says Lise.
Knives in the door
Growing up in Vestfold, the group of siblings were very active, and they competed for most things.
– Our childhood was like the “Hunger Games”. It was first man for everything. There were ninja stars in the wallpaper and knives in the door. It was fun, but it went wild, admits Lise.
The family was financially tight, but the parents made sure that the children had what they needed and were followed up in their sports.
– We have had a very good upbringing, and mum and dad have sacrificed everything for us. At most, dad had three jobs to feed the family, Heidi recalls, and her little sister agrees:
– For many years I worked with vulnerable people. It has put our upbringing into perspective. I really feel that we have drawn the winning ticket.
Motivated by adversity
Heidi plays for Larvik handball club, where Lise returned last year after many years as a “handball pensioner”.
Heidi has been named the world’s best line player several times, and can boast several gold medals from both the Olympics, WC and EC. She says that she still has many ambitions on the field, even though she has turned 40.
– I have won what I can win, but that is not what drives me. That is the development. I have three children, and after you have children, you start a bit at a loss, and try to work your way back to top form. There are many who say that their sports career is then over, but for me it becomes an extra motivation. I will show my father that it is possible, says older sister Løke.
The sisters learned early on the value of cheering each other on.
Both Heidi, Lise and their brother Frank (43) have asserted themselves on the handball court, and the latter has in recent years distinguished himself as a keen participant in various reality programmes.
Last year he emerged victorious from “71° nord – team” together with teammate Rikke Isaksen (29). He thus became the sisters’ secret weapon during the preparations for the TV tour.
– We trained together at Skrim. I gave them map tasks and split them up. At the start, they were completely hopeless, says Frank.
The girls got to ride under their brother’s training regime.
– It was a lot of fun and very tough, and it was definitely an advantage that Frank could give us some tips on what tasks we were going to get, says Heidi.
Only victory is acceptable in Frank’s eyes, and he hopes that the sisters will assert themselves at the top of the competition.
– If they do something right, they will brag about themselves, and if they do something wrong, they will blame me. I’ve put my head on the block. They carry the Løke name, and then you will be at the top. If they don’t win, I will be disappointed, he asserts.
– We have heard this many times. Frank told us that if we don’t win, we have to change our surname, Lise says with a laugh.
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