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- I miss three fingers.  This is what "failed" me.

– I miss three fingers. This is what “failed” me.

16-year-old Amalie Lorgen must smile a little as she sits in the living room of the house in Ellingsøy in Lesund.

She is Sunnmøre’s best goalkeeper in her group. He previously played matches for the Men’s Al Jazira team in the Sixth Division League. and a hospice at AaFK Fortuna – looking for an upgrade to Toppserien.

This may be an ordinary story about an ambitious girl who pursues the dream of becoming a football player.

But Amalie is an extraordinary goalkeeper.

The goal is to be as good as possible and make a living one day, says Amalie Lorgen – a trainee with top-tier AaFK Fortuna. Photo: Martin Giskegjerde / TV 2

– I started playing football early, but I wasn’t really interested. It was only when I started working as a goalkeeper at the age of 10-11 that it became really cool. I wasn’t very good as an outside player, but when I got to the finish line I felt like it was something I’d mastered, she says.

– But perhaps it was not natural to become a goalkeeper?

– No not at all. I did it first because everyone else did. I didn’t think there was a difference between them and me. I was determined that I could do the same thing as everyone else. Nobody said I couldn’t do that. So I tried it. It has succeeded.

Struggling to peel potatoes

When Amalie is in goal, wearing her goalkeeper gloves, no one can see that there is anything unusual in her. It only happens when you take them off.

Early Turn: Amalie Lorgen has played football her whole life.  But it was only when she was 10-11 years old that she started her career as a goalkeeper.  Photo: Photo: private

Early Turn: Amalie Lorgen has played football her whole life. But it was only when she was 10-11 years old that she started her career as a goalkeeper. Photo: Photo: private

– I lost three fingers on my left hand. That’s just what “failed” me. I think so, she says and laughs.

She was born with dyspnea. This is the term for birth defects of the arm and/or leg. to me dysmeli.no Because of this, the skeleton is missing or poorly developed.

What challenges does this give you?

– Peel the potatoes! It does not work. But that’s the one thing I can’t do. No one has ever told me that I can’t do things, or that there is something I can’t do. Then I tried and it worked. It’s just that I might have to work extra on a few things.

A little kick out the front door is the episode where you laid the foundation for your football career.

On a slope with two domestic targets, she spent countless hours during her childhood. Together with her father Sindre Lorgen – who has a past as a goalkeeper at Ellingsøy IL – she sat between the bars for a small training session with her specially modified gloves.

Home course: In this episode, next to the family home in Ellingsøy in lesund municipality, Amalie Lorgen spent many hours training.  Photo: Per Christian Dyrø / TV 2

Home course: In this episode, next to the family home in Ellingsøy in lesund municipality, Amalie Lorgen spent many hours training. Photo: Per Christian Dyrø / TV 2

Where there should be fingers, they are empty because I don’t have all my fingers intact, so I must have something that strengthens. I have splints in my left glove, which means I get a better grip. Holding the ball with my left hand is a challenge, but it’s not as problematic as I’m used to. I have my own way of solving it, and I use my right hand more than the other.

– It’s tough!

Frode Vagermo is the head coach of AaFK Fortuna.  Photo: Martin Giskegjerde / TV 2

Frode Vagermo is the head coach of AaFK Fortuna. Photo: Martin Giskegjerde / TV 2

One of the people who was so surprised that this goalkeeper talent has a physical challenge is AaFK Fortuna coach Frode Fagermo. Amalie started training with the First Division team just over a year ago due to her athletic qualities.

– It took a long time before I knew something about her hand. That was when she came in and was told that Sunnmørsposten would advocate for this. I had no idea, he says.

– It’s a great story, at the same time it says a little bit about Amalie as a person. No one would have talked about her if she was using her right hand, but she was a goalkeeper of that level. . . It’s tough. As a lifeguard, you can save the ball with all its limbs, but the amazing thing is that it has a good grip; That she can catch the ball, and hold it, despite the fact that one hand is not as strong as the other, Fagermo continues.

role model

She trains with AaFK Fortuna several times a week, attends Sports Line at the Latin School in Ålesund daily, and has big ambitions for the future.

The goal is to be as good as possible and live for that someday.

Keen: As an AaFK fan, it's a lot of fun for Amalie Lorgen to train with the club's women's team, AaFK Fortuna.  Photo: private

Keen: As an AaFK fan, it’s a lot of fun for Amalie Lorgen to train with the club’s women’s team, AaFK Fortuna. Photo: private

Could your physical challenge limit your career?

– If anyone thinks so, then it is those who have problems, not me. The fact that I have dysgeusia does not bother me. If I must not go as far as I dream, that is not the reason, but in this case I am generally very bad and not good enough.

She will remain anyway as a role model.

It’s good to show that it doesn’t matter how you look or how you are. You get everything you want. Just tried. Don’t allow yourself to be limited because you’re different, says the mature – and brave – 16-year-old to others in a similar situation.

– Then it pays to have an excuse to avoid peeling potatoes?

– Hahahaha. Yes that’s fine. I deny it. Then I’d rather eat with shells.

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