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2.26.2008

chinese table tennis star now playing for u.s.

The New York Times recently ran a profile on Chinese-born tennis table player Wang Chen, who now plays for the United States. She is one of two American table tennis players ranked high enough in the world to automatically qualify for the Olympics this summer in Beijing: A Table Tennis Star in China Now Uses Her Paddle for the U.S.. She's got a really interesting story—her long journey to the Olympics involves being groomed for table tennis glory in China, only to eventually quit the sport and move to New York, where she befriended an old Holocaust survivor... who loves table tennis. This summer, she's Beijing-bound.