2018-09-12 21:39:00 CEST

Arvaniti is back on the sand

The Greek veteran has decided to resume her career after two years of retirement

Arvaniti has last competed in the 2016 Klagenfurt Major (Photocredit: FIVB)Arvaniti has last competed in the 2016 Klagenfurt Major (Photocredit: FIVB)

Arguably the most accomplished player of the history of Greek beach volleyball, Vasiliki Arvaniti has decided to resume her career after two years away from the sands, the 33-year-old veteran announced on her Instagram account.

A three-time Olympian, Arvaniti is the third woman with the most appearances in the World Tour, having competed in 165 events between 2001 and 2016, when she decided to retire shortly after the Klagenfurt Major to dedicate her time to her family. She had won one gold and three silver medals in the international scene.

The left-handed defender, however, decided to resume her career after she gave birth to her first son, Nikolas, last May. Her partner will be 25-year-old Penny Karagkouni, with who she shared the courts from 2013 to 2016, finishing fifth twice in 21 tournaments.

We are back! We are team again! Get ready! #vickypeny #beachvolleyball #teamhellas #greekathletes #adidasgr #slastik #goformore #tokyo2020 #fingerscrossed

108 Likes, 6 Comments - Vicky Arvaniti Peny Karagkouni (@vickypeny_bv) on Instagram: "We are back! We are team again! Get ready! #vickypeny #beachvolleyball #teamhellas #greekathletes..."

Arvaniti spent the first years of her career with Efthalia Koutroumanidou, with who she finished ninth in the 2004 Athens Games. The following year, she joined forces with Vasso Karadassiou, her most successful partner. The team won a record eight gold medals in the European Tour and was 19th in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The defender, who is looking for her fourth Olympic appearance in Tokyo 2020, paired with Maria Tsiartsiani between 2009 and 2012 to finish 19th in the London Games.

Welcome back, Vasiliki!

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