April 23, 2018

Mikael Torpegaard: Big Ten Medal of Honor Finalist

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After being an outstanding student-athlete at the Ohio State University for the last four years what has been the most rewarding experience or opportunity during your time here?

The most rewarding experience that I have gotten during my time here was definitely the clinch against Wake Forest in the semi-finals of the National Indoors. After the team had brought the match to a 3-3 tie, my match was the last on the court and at the time, I was ranked 2 and my opponent was ranked 1 in the country. It was a three set match and during the third set, I fell on my wrist and faced match points before winning the final set in a tiebreaker. The feeling of having the whole team rush onto my court and share the victory with me was up there with the best experiences of my life!

 

What makes you a good candidate for this award? Is there anyone in particular you would like to thank for helping you during your time at Ohio State?

I think that my competitiveness and will to win is what makes me a good candidate for this award. So many times during my time here, I have had to play through illness and injuries during dual matches which has been extremely hard but also very rewarding. I have learned that the things you want do not come easily but continuously fighting for it is the only way to achieve greatness.

I want to thank my coaches and teammates at Ohio State for the experiences but also for helping me prepare for the next step of my life.

 

In your opinion what does it mean to be a student-athlete, especially at a university like Ohio State?

It means a lot being a student athlete at a great university like Ohio State. Especially in a sport like tennis, which is an individual sport, the only two competitions where you get to compete as a team is college tournaments and Davis Cup (National competition). Being able to share victories with my fellow student athletes is an amazing feeling and I am very thankful to have been able to do so for the past 4 years at OSU.

After graduation how do you plan to take what you have learned as a student-athlete into the business world/professional athletic endeavors?

After graduation, I plan to pursue my professional dream and take what I have learned in my time as a student-athlete along the way. In my four years at OSU I have developed so much, not just on the court but also off the court, and it is these valuable lessons that are going to help me success in my pro career. Before I went to college, I had no idea of the importance of developing outside the tennis court, but I realize now that without my time in college, I would be nowhere near as ready as I am now to take the next step in my journey.