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Taiwanese-Americans hoping to win Olympic medals for U.S.

2012/07/25 21:16:45

Los Angeles, July 24 (CNA) The United States national Olympics team this year includes six Taiwanese-Americans who are hoping to win medals in the fencing and table tennis competitions in the London Olympics, which opens Friday.

The athletes on the U.S. table tennis team are Ariel Hsing, Erica Wu, and Timothy Wang, while Alexander Massialas, Doris Willette, and Gerek Meinhardt are on the fencing team.

Hsing, who won a girls' title in the U.S. at the age of 8, hopes to be the first to bring back an Olympics table tennis medal to the U.S. since table tennis was included in the summer Olympics in 1988, the United States has never won a medal.

The 16-year-old table tennis hopeful had challenged billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to a match during the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting in May.

Erica Wu of southern California, 15, said she travels to Taiwan every year for table tennis practice, which helps her to improve her game.

Timothy Wang of Texas, 20, won the men's singles at the 2010 U.S. National Championships and is competing in the Olympics for the first time. Wang said he is ready for the Games.

Among the fencers, Massialas, 18, ranks No. 2 in the United States in the men's foil and No.13 in the world. He is one of the U.S.' medal hopefuls and his father Greg Massialas, who is also his coach, competed in Olympic Games for three times on the U.S. team.

Meanwhile, Gerek Meihardt, who took part in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will compete in the men's foil event this year in London.

(By Oscar Wu and Hanna Liu)