What It Takes To Be An Olympic Table Tennis Player

(energetic music) - My name is Allen Wang, I'm a professional table tennis player. (ball pings) - Oh my gosh! My father used to play on the weekends at a local center. And he first brought me there when I was five or six. Making my way to Team USA has been a long road. My dad decided to send me overseas in China when I was 10 years old, and I was there for a year and a half. And every day, we would practice for 5, 6, 7 hours a day. (upbeat music) This is the Lily Yip Table Tennis Center, where I always train. Let me give you a little tour. Adam Hugh, multiple time national team member. Great friend, awesome coach, amazing player. People of all ages can play. No matter who you are or where you're from, it's a beautiful community, it's awesome. So here we have Cory Eider. Cory and I played men's doubles together, and we got national champion in 2013, 2014. - (Cory) 2014. - Yeah, 2014 men's double match, so. - (Cory) Right. - Awesome coach as well. (ball pings) - They told us that you trained Forrest Gump. (laughs) - Six, one. - Alright, so here we're gonna ... I'm gonna attempt a round the net shot with my phone. So basically, hit the ball around the net like this, without going over the net, so it's pretty hard. (energetic music) (ball pings) - Are you just as good tipsy as you are sober? Yeah, probably. (laughs) - A lot of people usually, like every five years, there's this huge kind of, everyone gets really excited about table tennis. (upbeat music) - The most important thing is that you have to love it, you have to enjoy it, even though the practice might be hard sometimes, if you endure it, it'll create many opportunities for you. Coming from my experience, I realized that table tennis was much more than a sport. It was just a gateway to many other things as well. Just awesome adventures. I just want people to know that this is a beautiful sport. (light music)

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