by Kabir Nagpal
In action at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Mie Skov truly embodied being the flag-bearer of the sport in Denmark. After taking a significant break from table tennis – she retired in 2014 – Skov was back in action at the newly rebranded Swedish Tour.
The two time ‘Player of The Year’ winner for Danish Table Tennis – in 2008 and 2012 – spent 14 years on the table tennis circuit for her national team and announced her retirement via facebook six years ago. In similar fashion, the 34-year-old announced her comeback over social media, this time via an Instagram post, following which she has been engaging her followers with her new training videos as she looks set to make a full return.
Her decision to return to the sport comes after going through a time with the COVID-19 lockdown situation throughout the world. After appearing on Danish television a few weeks ago, she spoke of how the difficult times we are experiencing made her reconsider her retirement and choose to look forward to the Olympic Games challenge next year.
Qualification for the 2012 London Olympic Games was a major boost for the Scandinavian, after she narrowly missed out in 2008, losing to Spaniard Zhu Fang in the final qualification round.
In what can only be described as a motivating and inspiring story to come out of such a pandemic, it looks like Mie Skov’s return in the hunt for an Olympic Games medal in her second appearance may just be the inspiration up we all need!