One on one with Olivia Lutterodt

Gepubliceerd op 4 januari 2024 om 08:00

Olivia Lutterodt, a Danish basketball player, has become a great talent on the court. She is playing at Sisu Copenhagen, competing in the highest league of Danish basketball. This past summer, Olivia further solidified her mark on the sport by representing Denmark on the international stage as a vital member of the national under-18 team. Last September we talked with Olivia, and in this article we delve into the journey of this Danish basketball prodigy, exploring the roots of her passion and the promising future that undoubtedly lies ahead for this exceptional athlete. Photo: FIBA Europe

1.  Let’s introduce yourself, who are you?

“My name Olivia Lutterodt, I am 18 years old and I play basketball in Denmark.”

2.  How did you start playing basketball?

“It was because of my older brother. He used to bring me to the court, and so I tried it out and I started to like it a lot.”

3.  What kind of player are you?

“I am quite all round, playing on the small forward position. I like to run fast, finishing fastbreaks and playing in the post during a miss match.”

4.  What I like about you is that you are able to grab a lot of rebounds. How were you able to develop yourself like that?

“I always have had good coaches, and my parents support me a lot. All of that all together, and having the drive during my game, helps me so much!”

5. What are your favorite basketball exercises or drills during practice.

“At the moment we are doing a lot of contact drills, like finishing with contact, which I really like. Fastbreak drills is also what I really like.”

Photo: FIBA Europe

6.  Where have you played basketball yet?

“I started playing basketball in my hometown at Furesø børnebasket, just to figure out if I like this sport. Once it got more serious, værløse basketball club while I was playing in Furesø. I kept playing in værløse for 3 years before I moved to Sisu, where I’ve played for the last two years.”

7.  How was it for you to play basketball for the first time in Furesø?

“I keep remember that when I got home after my first practice that I was so happy. I wanted to play more and develop myself even more!”

8. You are playing now at Sisu, which is playing on the highest league of Denmark. How is it for you to play basketball on the highest league of Denmark?

“The whole game is a lot faster than you are used to play. I got better in every aspect, also my team mates have a lot more experience. It is a big difference, for sure, but my team mates definitely help me a lot!”

9. How would you describe your team?

“We have a pretty young team. I am one of the youngest, but we are focused on development, and staying together as a team. Let’s see how far we can bring it!”

10. You are also a Danish international. You played for the under 18 team of Denmark last summer. How was it for you to play for the youth team for the first time?

“I also played in the Nordic Championships when I played with the under 16 team. It is really amazing to play for your country. It is faster, with a lot of great players. I love representing Denmark, and it is a great experience. Those trips have made me stronger every time! I have learned a lot; mentally and as a player. It is a big honor to get selected! I got selected for the senior national team camp in November prior to the European championship qualifiers. I didn’t make the roster, but that wasn’t expected since I was the youngest. It was very inspiring to play with the best Danish players, who plays professionally internationally.

I was also selected for Basketball Without Borders Global, an all-girls camp by FIBA and NBA in Las Vegas this summer, that I attended right after the u18 European championship. It was an amazing experience with some of the best players my age.”

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