The article, from 1 October 2000:
The three football girls Dagny Mellgren, Margunn Haugenes and Astrid Johannessen were met like royalty when they landed at Bergen's Flesland Airport on Sunday.
About 50 football boys and girls from Bjørnar sports club turned out with Norwegian flags and praises and sang a specially written song for their three teammates. In all several hundred people were there to meet the footballers in the arrivals hall at Flesland, and at the end they were submerged under flowers.
"Super", said Dagny Mellgren about the reception. She was the one who scored the winning goal for Norway in the Final against USA. "It was great, a huge experience, to get to play in the Sydney Olympics. But it's also great to be home again", said an exhausted matchwinner to NTB after her 34-hour journey from Australia.
At the airport she was met by her partner Gert Haugland and by her mother, Kjellaug Mellgren, who said there had been chaos at home in Ålgård after the winning goal. Her mother's colleagues at the infants' school in Ålgård came close to a National Day celebration with flags and music. At the airport she had to find her daughter's gold medal in her backpack so that the young clubmates could see it.
Dagny Mellgren will not spend much time resting on her laurels. On Monday morning she will back at school, the radiography school at Haukeland Hospital. Later in the day there will be training at Bjørnar. Bergen's mayor Ingmar Ljones, who is also from Arna, was the first to greet the three. He met them when they stepped out of the plane from Copenhagen at 12 o'clock on Sunday. "It was a great experience to be able to welcome them home on behalf of Bergen", said Ljones.
The top manager at Bjørnar, John Halvor Sæle, said the the Olympic win did not come by accident. It came after hard work both on the field and in the administration at the club. Now there are 200 girls and women aged from 9 to 30 playing football at Bjørnar.
"We are hugely proud of our three golden girls. This also means a lot for recruiting", said the women's football manager at Bjørnar, Synnøve Tverlid.NTB http://www.vg.no/sport/artikkel.php?artid=5545824