Not mine obviously. I’m more of a past life sports person, the type of person who you are talking to and they briefly mentioned playing in High School or something. Sure I can be competitive, but mostly when it comes to playing a risky game of Monopoly or trying to win a “Chubby Bunny” contest.When I mentioned a Road to Rio I meant Howard Shu. I’ve known him since I was 16 and imagine knowing him till I die since he is my sister’s boyfriend’s brother. Our most recent convo was along the lines of who will be a better Aunt/Uncle to our sibling’s not even conceived, unborn child. (This is an example of my useless competitive nature)
The coolest thing about knowing someone who has/is competing in the Olympics is knowing that the ~20 years they have been training has finally paid off. The second coolest thing is saying you know someone who is going. Starting from the time I heard he made it, I low-key was waiting for someone to mention it so I could casually talk about Howard. In those conversations I wonder if I sounded like a proud friend or a sad groupie. Either way I was ecstatic to brag about him. Think about it, when were you ranked #1 in your respective sport in your Country? Okay, put your hand down Michael Phelps, I know you read my blog.
This past weekend I went to watch him play in a Tournament at the Orange County Badminton Club. This was the first Tournament he’s played in since coming back from Rio. Since I couldn’t ask a series of questions to Howard while he played I asked his brother Jack a couple of questions. Jack also competed and at one point was the Pan American Junior Champion for Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles.
What is a fun fact about Badminton that most people don’t realize?
J: It’s the fastest racquet sport in the world and you typically cover twice the distance in tennis in half the amount of time.
What was Howard’s Training Schedule like?
J: He practiced around 3 hours every day 7 days a week from Middle School to High School. Training obviously got more intense when he got to college and took a break to play Badminton Professionally.
How does someone qualify for a spot to represent the US in Badminton?
J: To qualify you need to be the number one ranked player in your country your ranking placement in the world would be based off of your best 10 tournaments. There was a lot of uncertainty since your standing also depends on how others perform.
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