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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)

David Frank

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100 COMMENTS

  1. Ash Posted on February 24, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Reminds me of the movie Forest Gump.

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  2. TearS CS:GO Posted on February 24, 2017 at 3:35 am

    Its called ping pong

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  3. Julia Ball Posted on February 24, 2017 at 4:26 am

    As soon as I read the words "dab serve" I was done.

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  4. The Good Doctor Posted on February 24, 2017 at 4:42 am

    Foose ball pro next plz!

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  5. Skate ButNoDate Posted on February 24, 2017 at 6:30 am

    when your rejected from every sport out there

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  6. matt Posted on February 24, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Disliking because the music drowns out his voice – really poorly edited

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  7. Kyrie23 Posted on February 24, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Table tennis isn't a sport hahah

    All the triggers table tennis players just attacks hahah

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  8. nicholas chong Posted on February 24, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    What kind of around the net is that wtf

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  9. Max Becker Posted on February 24, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Cringe at 30 seconds

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  10. Max Becker Posted on February 24, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Help this guy out he is suffering from a dab disease every time he dabs another person dies

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  11. Eirian H Posted on February 24, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    When you used to play at LYTTC

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  12. ShadowHunter Posted on February 25, 2017 at 4:52 am

    0:30 best picture in the video

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  13. Reka Posted on February 25, 2017 at 8:39 am

    i've also played tennis for almost 5 years, it's not an easy sport. you should be careful when u choose your couch

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  14. ETin Posted on February 25, 2017 at 11:33 am

    ewww dab serve. Get out.

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  15. Michael Farrelly Posted on February 25, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Everybody who likes this comment I will buy you McDonald's

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  16. Lil Dee Posted on February 25, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    No I don't really care about a love song…. Whoa it really is catchy

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  17. Liam Cannon Posted on February 25, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    the dab thing is absolutely unforgivable ..

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  18. Chairman Meow Posted on February 25, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Doesn't apply to all Asians.

    All modern table tennis champions are specifically Chinese from mainland China.

    There are many documentaries where western table tennis players go to mainland China to compete against locals.

    They couldn't even win against provincial or city competitions because the skill level of average Chinese tennis player was so high.

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  19. Truth Seeker Posted on February 26, 2017 at 12:13 am

    leave see man alone bunch of Satanic paedophile s

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  20. Luke Diggle Posted on February 26, 2017 at 10:18 am

    I thought this video was what it takes to be an olympic table yep I actually did

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  21. Luke Diggle Posted on February 26, 2017 at 10:20 am

    also youtube! it says there is 1 comment, I've posted two and I can see about 100 more.

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  22. Karlo Gabriel Posted on February 26, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    i cringed at the dab

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  23. Tom Holden Posted on February 26, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    It says to see where he trains, while they are on a train, illuminati confirmed

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  24. Anthony Gibboni Posted on February 27, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Alllen!!! He goes to my school #solegit

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  25. Emily Obes Posted on February 27, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    AYEE ALLEN IF U SEE THIS HEY ITS EMILY OBES ;)) #solegit

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  26. Keitaro Adachi Posted on February 28, 2017 at 5:12 am

    its not a sport

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  27. noname Posted on February 28, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I played this for 7 years won A couple of nationale gold medal but stop because of school 🙁
    I was like 3 in my country for my age

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  28. Kevin Hornibrook Posted on March 1, 2017 at 1:56 am

    This kids little brother is in my homeroom let me tell you they are not the same people

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  29. Adellyssa Nicole Posted on March 1, 2017 at 8:50 am

    I'm a table tennis in my school and I want to learn something from them : )

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  30. WalnutTime Posted on March 2, 2017 at 12:29 am

    :30 what the hell

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  31. Samuel O'Brien Posted on March 2, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Whoa that's a cool dab serve

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  32. Joseph Stalin Posted on March 3, 2017 at 5:50 am

    The comment section is filled with attention whores. "*LIKE IF YOU AGREE*"

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  33. Ethan H Posted on March 4, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    He dabs when he serves 😂😂😂👌👌

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  34. M Freeman Posted on March 5, 2017 at 1:06 am

    I never knew someones face could be awkward

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  35. Bernie Sanders Posted on March 5, 2017 at 6:01 am

    "sport"

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  36. BunnyFett Posted on March 7, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Allen is seriously awesome!

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  37. Renu Prakash Posted on March 7, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    awesome. wish i have such facilities here in India. all the best.

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  38. Intel Doge Posted on March 7, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    I'd like to see people watch this video that think table tennis is the easiest and the stupidest sport ever.

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  39. Thanos Sofroniou Posted on March 10, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Even the american table tennis players are chinese

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  40. Mitchell Dang Posted on March 13, 2017 at 3:52 am

    DO TENNIS

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  41. Tanya Wang Posted on March 16, 2017 at 12:25 am

    he has the same last name as me!!!

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  42. Daniel Struhs Posted on March 17, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Making jersey proud 🙂

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  43. Nino Aquino Posted on March 18, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    I go to school with him lol

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  44. pei Rico Posted on March 20, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Well I guess you guys should have went to China to really take a look at how Ma Long trains and plays

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  45. Yong Siri Posted on March 23, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    ping pong always fun

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  46. Andrew Guillet Posted on March 25, 2017 at 2:48 am

    of course hes asain

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  47. Bugs 28 Posted on March 26, 2017 at 3:41 am

    He lives in my town and i've seen his house before

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  48. McPhunk Posted on March 28, 2017 at 12:28 am

    What part of sudden death did you not understand

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  49. Niko Georgiafentis Posted on March 31, 2017 at 5:58 am

    LOL the comments by people who dont play table tennis are hilarious.

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  50. Matthew Bourne Posted on April 8, 2017 at 2:38 am

    My grandpa is a world champ

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  51. ahmed alrasheed Posted on April 13, 2017 at 1:02 am

    still haven't figured out if I have what it takes ir not

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  52. Lopez Posted on April 13, 2017 at 3:19 am

    ayyy New Jersey 💥💪🔥💯

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  53. Rice MenaRQ Posted on April 23, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    That coach "Adam Hugh" used to be White but then he played so much table tennis, he became Chinese.

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  54. wuichovengeance mtz Posted on May 5, 2017 at 5:24 am

    i'll start practicing that "Dab serve" XD

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  55. Smengsquare Boabpants Posted on May 23, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Wii Sports Resort Flashbacks

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  56. Crackerz Posted on May 23, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    0:30 time to kill myself

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  57. Senseless Nonsense Posted on May 27, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Anyone else still laughs when you see Buzzfeed "news"? Yes? me too! lol

    Reply
  58. nicholas chong Posted on May 28, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Around the net shot like that wow wtf

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  59. Nehal Changat Posted on June 5, 2017 at 6:52 am

    juventus got fucked by madrid

    (very relevant)

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  60. Fantazztik Posted on June 13, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Guy with blue cap and blue sweat pants has a nice delicious chunky butt!!!!

    Reply
  61. Tdawg4lifemyers Posted on June 18, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Olympic table tennis players are a right laugh my friend beat me with his shoe while drunk and he's only the England reserve

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  62. Lisa Beverly Posted on June 22, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Allen teach me ur table tennis skills and I will coach you steps to achieve the perfect shed approach:)

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  63. Andrew Li Posted on July 3, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Fun fact: The toss-up during the serve is how you can tell a good player from an amateur. A good player should be able to wait and serve in between their opponent's breaths to throw them off, while amateur simply does it for dramatic effect.

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  64. josh soon Posted on July 10, 2017 at 6:55 am

    his face at 1:69

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  65. Gurjot Dhaliwal Posted on July 12, 2017 at 11:01 am

    when your an Asian and you love them American burgers

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  66. SAAB AERO Posted on July 14, 2017 at 3:41 am

    time to build some muscle still have the baby fat on yah

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  67. Undying Xavier Posted on August 29, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    sorry but there are at least 300,223 better players in china then him…

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  68. Brian Baccay Posted on September 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Most Asian scene i've seen this week.

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  69. Oh yeah yeah Posted on September 22, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    How do you say tennis in chinese? PING-PONG

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  70. epicblueman Posted on October 5, 2017 at 12:20 am

    When you realize that he's not on the USA National Team

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  71. David William Posted on October 5, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    I have been playing for a year and I'm pretty good with the time ive spent the only thing that's stopping me from competing in competitions is Table tennis players are such a bad sports when they lose.

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  72. Çağlar Genç Posted on October 7, 2017 at 8:25 am

    he is not that good lol

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  73. Hi Hi Posted on October 13, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    He just realized that it is an awesome sport when Turned 45

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  74. PROGamerZMGKA PRO Posted on October 15, 2017 at 7:13 am

    so your better than ma long

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  75. Park Mel Posted on October 23, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    It hurts to livr

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  76. Matthew Tan Posted on November 5, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    https://youtu.be/KW8JfO595ME watch that to see what real ping pong is about

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  77. Ac130 R Posted on November 26, 2017 at 12:28 am

    The common misconception is that white people killed the dab

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  78. The 21 Master Posted on December 9, 2017 at 2:35 am

    Great sport great guy bad dab

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  79. Darwinian Bonobo Posted on December 29, 2017 at 8:48 am

    I know a guy who beat Allen Wang

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  80. Ansh Vats Posted on January 24, 2018 at 3:06 am

    HEY I GO HERE TOO

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  81. Anijah Jackson Posted on February 3, 2018 at 1:38 am

    This is my town and i work at a pharmacy that’s connected to the ping pong place. Our town is one square mile and just this place being on buzzfeed was a big thing for us lmao bc there’s like 88 people so imagine the exposure

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  82. How To? Posted on February 3, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Love it aswell. Especially as i have a tennis table in my house

    Reply
  83. Colin Lee Posted on February 17, 2018 at 2:31 am

    Allen seems like a nice guy, but "dab serve" is just a little bit too cancerous.

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  84. UltraViolentLight Posted on March 19, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    DABBING IS GAY!

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  85. Joepoe 9236 Posted on April 9, 2018 at 9:26 am

    2:12 was disgusting

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  86. Hot_Wax Posted on September 14, 2018 at 1:56 am

    Once you hear anyone mention Forrest Gump you know they know zero about what table tennis is about haha

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  87. Laurence Estabillo Posted on October 19, 2018 at 2:10 am

    2:28 it is the ghost serve

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  88. Tyler Gordon Posted on December 29, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Of course he’s Asian.

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  89. March Wu Posted on January 17, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    "Olympic" table tennis player

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  90. Mary Kirkland Posted on February 5, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Jha the best

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  91. Swati Kulkarni Posted on February 21, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    It is indeed a beautiful sport!!!!😊😘

    Reply
  92. Jonathan Nguyen Posted on February 26, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    3:14 wow you used to wear glasses?

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  93. Iuwdbwudbvhwduivhbwduivbi iwudcbwiuecbwuic` Posted on March 8, 2019 at 12:28 am

    being an Asian always helps !!! 😂

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  94. Iuwdbwudbvhwduivhbwduivbi iwudcbwiuecbwuic` Posted on March 8, 2019 at 11:11 am

    an Asian representing any country they want ! 😂

    Reply
  95. Delta_Knife Posted on July 3, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    YoU cAll ThAT a "AroUnD tHe NeT" sHoT?! 0 power and basically no side spin…

    Reply
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