USATT Teleconference and Snow
We had it last night. I’ll blog about it tomorrow. Meanwhile, it's snowing here in Maryland, and my coaching (and the Tuesday night League) is cancelled for the day. So I'll get a lot of work done!!!
When was USA Table Tennis Team Strongest?
I’m referring here to the strength of our National Team, and their results at the World Championships in Men’s and Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Teams. (Our results in other events such as Paralympics is a separate issue.) I was asked recently when we were at our best. The answer is probably in the late 1930s.
By comparison, we won only two titles in the 1940s – Mixed Doubles in 1948 and Women’s Teams in 1949, and one in the 1950s – Mixed Doubles in 1956. (We did have some pretty good performances both decades.) As to the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s . . . less said the better. (I believe Gao Jun, former world #3 from China, after emigrating to the U.S. made the quarterfinals of Women’s Singles at the Worlds one year.) Oh, and Tybie Sommers, who won Mixed Doubles in 1948 (as Thelma Hall) is our last surviving World Champion, and sometimes shows up, medal around neck, at the U.S. Open or Nationals!
Below are a list of World Titles won in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, plus notable performances (semis or better in Singles, finals or better in Teams and Doubles). Note that due to World War II, there were no Worlds held from 1940-1946, which of course cost us a number of titles. But nothing compared to what we did in 1937.
-Other 1930s Notables:
-Other 1940s Notables:
-Other 1950s Notables:
Here’s the Serving Low Tip of the Week from July 16, 2012 – but it’s still one of the most under-developed skills in table tennis.
Ma Long Best Points Marvellous 2017
Here’s the video (4:51).
Rachel Sung Takes First International Title in Italy
Here’s the USATT article by Matt Hetherington.
2017 Smash TT Winter Challenge 2 Star Open
Here’s the article. Chen Bowen, Lidney Castro, and Tiffany Ke are all from my club!
Landmark, records broken, World Table Tennis Day bigger than ever
Here’s the ITTF article.
Novak Djokovic Surprises Fans With Ping Pong
Here’s the video (38 sec).
Super-Fast Animated Table Tennis
Here’s the repeating gif image.
Unreturnable Spin Serves
Here’s the video (14 sec).
Fast-Action Balloon Pong
Here’s the video (29 sec)!
It’s Pi Day!
Yes, today’s date is 3.14. Here is some pi related table tennis products.
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