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What It Takes To Be An Olympic Table Tennis Player

August 21, 2019

(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)


  • Reply Ash February 24, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Reminds me of the movie Forest Gump.

  • Reply TearS CS:GO February 24, 2017 at 3:35 am

    Its called ping pong

  • Reply Julia Ball February 24, 2017 at 4:26 am

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

  • Reply The Good Doctor February 24, 2017 at 4:42 am

    Foose ball pro next plz!

  • Reply Virginity Thief February 24, 2017 at 6:28 am


  • Reply Virginity Thief February 24, 2017 at 6:30 am

    when your rejected from every sport out there

  • Reply matt February 24, 2017 at 6:51 am

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

  • Reply Kyrie23 February 24, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Table tennis isn't a sport hahah

    All the triggers table tennis players just attacks hahah

  • Reply nicholas chong February 24, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    What kind of around the net is that wtf

  • Reply Max Becker February 24, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Cringe at 30 seconds

  • Reply Max Becker 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

  • Reply Eirian H February 24, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    When you used to play at LYTTC

  • Reply ShadowHunter February 25, 2017 at 4:52 am

    0:30 best picture in the video

  • Reply Reka 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

  • Reply ETin Thiyam February 25, 2017 at 11:33 am

    ewww dab serve. Get out.

  • Reply Michael Farrelly February 25, 2017 at 2:44 pm

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

  • Reply Lil Dee February 25, 2017 at 5:13 pm

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

  • Reply Liam Cannon February 25, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    the dab thing is absolutely unforgivable ..

  • Reply Chairman Meow 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.

  • Reply Truth Seeker February 26, 2017 at 12:13 am

    leave see man alone bunch of Satanic paedophile s

  • Reply Luke Diggle February 26, 2017 at 10:18 am

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

  • Reply Luke Diggle 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.

  • Reply Karlo Gabriel February 26, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    i cringed at the dab

  • Reply Tom Holden February 26, 2017 at 10:33 pm

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

  • Reply Toxic Ash Main February 27, 2017 at 5:30 am


  • Reply Anthony Gibboni February 27, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Alllen!!! He goes to my school #solegit

  • Reply Emily Obes February 27, 2017 at 9:10 pm


  • Reply Keitaro Adachi February 28, 2017 at 5:12 am

    its not a sport

  • Reply Woolrys 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

  • Reply Kevin Hornibrook 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

  • Reply Adellyssa Nicole March 1, 2017 at 8:50 am

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

  • Reply WalnutTime March 2, 2017 at 12:29 am

    :30 what the hell

  • Reply Samuel O'Brien March 2, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Whoa that's a cool dab serve

  • Reply Joseph Stalin March 3, 2017 at 5:50 am

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

  • Reply Ethan H March 4, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    He dabs when he serves ?????

  • Reply M Freeman March 5, 2017 at 1:06 am

    I never knew someones face could be awkward

  • Reply Bernie Sanders March 5, 2017 at 6:01 am


  • Reply BunnyFett March 7, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Allen is seriously awesome!

  • Reply Renu Prakash March 7, 2017 at 1:25 pm

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

  • Reply Intel Doge 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.

  • Reply Thanos Sofroniou March 10, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Even the american table tennis players are chinese

  • Reply Mitchell Dang March 13, 2017 at 3:52 am


  • Reply Tanya Wang March 16, 2017 at 12:25 am

    he has the same last name as me!!!

  • Reply Daniel Struhs March 17, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Making jersey proud 🙂

  • Reply Nino Aquino March 18, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    I go to school with him lol

  • Reply pei Rico 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

  • Reply Yong Siri March 23, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    ping pong always fun

  • Reply Andrew Guillet March 25, 2017 at 2:48 am

    of course hes asain

  • Reply Bugs 28 March 26, 2017 at 3:41 am

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

  • Reply McPhunk March 28, 2017 at 12:28 am

    What part of sudden death did you not understand

  • Reply Niko Georgiafentis March 31, 2017 at 5:58 am

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

  • Reply Matthew Bourne April 8, 2017 at 2:38 am

    My grandpa is a world champ

  • Reply ahmed alrasheed April 13, 2017 at 1:02 am

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

  • Reply Lopez April 13, 2017 at 3:19 am

    ayyy New Jersey ????

  • Reply Rice MenaRQ 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.

  • Reply wuichovengeance mtz May 5, 2017 at 5:24 am

    i'll start practicing that "Dab serve" XD

  • Reply Smengsquare Boabpants May 23, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Wii Sports Resort Flashbacks

  • Reply Crackerz May 23, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    0:30 time to kill myself

  • Reply Senseless Nonsense May 27, 2017 at 8:25 pm

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

  • Reply nicholas chong May 28, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Around the net shot like that wow wtf

  • Reply *菜 May 29, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Dab serve…

  • Reply Nehal Changat June 5, 2017 at 6:52 am

    juventus got fucked by madrid

    (very relevant)

  • Reply Fantazztik June 13, 2017 at 8:20 am

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

  • Reply Tdawg4lifemyers 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

  • Reply Lisa Beverly 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:)

  • Reply Andrew Li 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.

  • Reply josh soon July 10, 2017 at 6:55 am

    his face at 1:69

  • Reply Gurjot Dhaliwal July 12, 2017 at 11:01 am

    when your an Asian and you love them American burgers

  • Reply SAAB AERO July 14, 2017 at 3:41 am

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

  • Reply Undying Xavier August 29, 2017 at 2:01 pm

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

  • Reply Brian Baccay September 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Most Asian scene i've seen this week.

  • Reply aznrickross September 18, 2017 at 6:36 am

    cringe serve

  • Reply Oh yeah yeah September 22, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    How do you say tennis in chinese? PING-PONG

  • Reply epicblueman October 5, 2017 at 12:20 am

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

  • Reply David William 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.

  • Reply Çağlar Genç October 7, 2017 at 8:25 am

    he is not that good lol

  • Reply Hi Hi October 13, 2017 at 2:03 pm

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

  • Reply PROGamerZMGKA PRO October 15, 2017 at 7:13 am

    so your better than ma long

  • Reply Park Mel October 23, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    It hurts to livr

  • Reply Matthew Tan November 5, 2017 at 4:15 pm watch that to see what real ping pong is about

  • Reply Pyro Bros November 26, 2017 at 12:28 am

    The common misconception is that white people killed the dab

  • Reply The 21 Master December 9, 2017 at 2:35 am

    Great sport great guy bad dab

  • Reply Darwinian Bonobo December 29, 2017 at 8:48 am

    I know a guy who beat Allen Wang

  • Reply Ansh Vats January 24, 2018 at 3:06 am


  • Reply Anijah Jackson 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

  • Reply How To? February 3, 2018 at 5:42 pm

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

  • Reply Colin Lee February 17, 2018 at 2:31 am

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

  • Reply UltraViolentLight March 19, 2018 at 5:16 pm


  • Reply May Zhang March 25, 2018 at 2:04 am


  • Reply Joepoe 9236 April 9, 2018 at 9:26 am

    2:12 was disgusting

  • Reply Hot_Wax 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

  • Reply Laurence Estabillo October 19, 2018 at 2:10 am

    2:28 it is the ghost serve

  • Reply Tyler Gordon December 29, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Of course he’s Asian.

  • Reply March Wu January 17, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    "Olympic" table tennis player

  • Reply Mary Kirkland February 5, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Jha the best

  • Reply Swati Kulkarni February 21, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    It is indeed a beautiful sport!!!!??

  • Reply Jonathan Nguyen February 26, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    3:14 wow you used to wear glasses?

  • Reply Iuwdbwudbvhwduivhbwduivbi iwudcbwiuecbwuic` March 8, 2019 at 12:28 am

    being an Asian always helps !!! ?

  • Reply Iuwdbwudbvhwduivhbwduivbi iwudcbwiuecbwuic` March 8, 2019 at 11:11 am

    an Asian representing any country they want ! ?

  • Reply Delta_Knife July 3, 2019 at 1:47 pm

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

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