(CNN) -- Even if Olafur Stefansson dressed up as Santa Claus this Christmas, he would still have one of the most recognizable faces in Iceland.
CNN wrote: He may not rival Bjork when it comes to fame on the international stage but, just like the singing icon, he is a big name in Iceland's popular culture.
Stefansson is a handball hero -- and handball is the second-most popular sport in Iceland after soccer. When the Iceland men's team matches are televised, a whopping 80% of the Nordic island's population of 322,000 tunes in.
"It's one thing being a player and another being a coach. As a player, if I was not in the mood I could just do my thing 100%, didn't have to relate to the guys or anything. As a coach you don't have that option. You have to vibrate, you have to be happier than those guys, you have to show passion, show urgency, show that you believe in what you're doing."
- Olafur Stefansson is regarded as Iceland's most famous handball player
- The 40-year-old has played for Iceland in 330 matches and won an Olympic silver medal
- After retiring in 2013, he is now coaching the next generation at Reykjavik club Valur
- The lessons he learned along the way inform his hopes of "affecting others in a good way"
Following is a video with highligths from Ólafur's career:
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