Don't dare call it ping pong. Chinese-born David Zhuang is the only American to qualify to compete in table tennis at the Olympics. The 44 year old is much older than most of his competitors, but his nearly four decades of experience will serve him well. The men's table tennis preliminary tournament began this evening and I've been watching Zhuang play against Toriola of Nigeria as I write. Unfortunately, he just lost an extremely close match and won't advance.

By the way, I now have more of an interest in table tennis since I recently found out in the course of working on my family tree that my cousin Marcus Schussheim was in the first US national champion in table tennis in 1931 and has been inducted in to the US Table Tennis Hall of Fame.  USA Table Tennis' lifetime achievement award is named for Marcus.

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