Rikke Skov

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Rikke Skov
Rikke Erhardsen Skov.jpg
Personal information
Full name Rikke Erhardsen Skov
Born (1980-09-07) 7 September 1980 (age 33)
Viborg, Denmark
Nationality Danish
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current club Viborg HK
Number 2
Senior clubs
1994– Viborg HK
National team 1
2000–2011 Denmark 122 (344)
1 National team caps and goals correct
as of 1 November 2011

Rikke Skov (born 7 September 1980) is a Danish handball player and Olympic champion. She received a gold medal with the Danish national team at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.[1] A loyal player of Viborg HK, Skov joined the club yet as a teenager and it remained her lone team up to date.

In 2011 she was one of the five handballers, and the only woman who received The EHF Handball Award. The prize was handed out in the 20th anniversary of the European Handball Federation for the players who achieved the biggest successes both in club and international level.[2]

Club career[edit]

Skov started her handball career in 1992, aged 12. She played for Overlund GF until she joined Viborg HK in 1994.[3] With Viborg, Skov has won numerous titles, both domestic and European. Her achievements include winning the Champions League in 2006, 2009 and 2010, the EHF Cup in 1999 and 2004, four Danish Cups and seven Danish Championships.

National team[edit]

Rikke Skov made her debut with the national team on 28 July 2000, and was appointed team captain in 2007.[4] She received an Olympic gold medal in Athens 2004 and a silver medal at the 2004 European Championship. Skov first retired from international handball in April 2009,[5] until when she played 107 matches and scored 296 goals.[6] However, Skov later changed her mind and participated on the 2010 European Women's Handball Championship, where she reached the fourth place.[7] In 2011 she continued to play for the national team and participated among others on the GF World Cup '11, but before the squad selection for the 2011 World Championship she withdrew from the team to focus fully on her club duties.[8]

Results[edit]

  • Champions League
Winner: 2006, 2009, 2010
Finalist: 2001
  • EHF Cup
Winner: 1999 and 2004
  • Danish Championship
Gold: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
Silver: 2007
Bronze: 2005
  • Danish Cup
Winner: 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2008

Awards[edit]

  • Danish national team player of the year (Danish: Årets Landsholdsspiller) in 2006/07[9] and 2007/08[10]
  • Member of the All Star Team of the Møbelringen Cup 2008[11]
  • The EHF Handball Award winner (2011)

Personal life[edit]

Skove met fellow handballer Lotte Kiærskou as teammates for Vibor HK, and "never had any thought to keep their relationship secret."[12] The two have been together since, and are in a registered partnership as allowed by Danish law.[12] Kiærskou, now retired, gave birth to the couple’s two daughters.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2004 Summer Olympics – Athens, Greece – Handball"databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on February 25, 2008)
  2. ^ Pazen, Björn (17 November 2011). "Playing legends honoured at EHF 20th Anniversary". European Handball Federation (Eurohandball.com). Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Liga: Spillerprofiler, damer - Rikke Erhardsen Skov" (in Danish). Viborg Håndbold Klub. Retrieved 2009-02-12. [dead link]
  4. ^ Dreisig, Louise (15 October 2007). "Rikke Skov ny anfører" (in Danish). Danish Handball Federation. Retrieved 2009-02-12. [dead link]
  5. ^ Mackay, Ingrid (6 April 2009). "Rikke Skov stopper på landshold" (in Danish). TV 2. Retrieved 2009-04-09. 
  6. ^ "Spillerstatistik" (in Danish). Danish Handball Federation. Retrieved 2009-02-12. [dead link]
  7. ^ "9th Women's European Handball Championship, Euro 2010, Bronze Medal Match. DEN 15-16 ROU". European Handball Federation. 19 December 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Zafirovski, Borjan (2 November 2011). "Rikke Skov withdraws from Danish NT". Handball Planet (handball-planet.com). Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Rikke Skov er Årets Damelandsholdspiller" (in Danish). Danish Handball Federation. 6 June 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-12. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Rikke Skov er Årets Spiller" (in Danish). DR. 26 July 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  11. ^ Andresen, Svein (23 November 2008). "All Star Team Møbelringen Cup 2008" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Handball Federation. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  12. ^ a b c 2012 Olympics: Who Are The LGBT Athletes? Day Twenty — Rikke Skov