Olympian heads up USA badminton workforce as coach – Palo Alto On-line

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by Eric Van Susteren / Palo Alto On-line
Uploaded: Thu, Jul 26, 2012, 6:12 pm 0
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As a younger athlete, Ben Lee was energetic in lots of sports activities. The long run Olympian, nonetheless, discovered just one that would fulfill his excessive exercise stage. It wasn’t boxing, soccer, and even tennis. It was badminton.
“It received me hooked as quickly as I began enjoying,” he mentioned. “It was the mix of so many various issues: endurance, pace, energy, agility finesse it is by no means only one.”
Twenty years in the past, Lee represented the US on the Barcelona Olympics in badminton. It was the primary 12 months it was included as an Olympic sport. This month he is returning to the Summer time Video games in London, England, however not as participant.
Lee, now a Palo Alto police officer, was chosen because the U.S. Olympic Badminton Workforce’s head coach. For the previous few months he has been flying to Los Angeles most weeks to teach the workforce for 10 to twenty hours, pushing them exhausting in follow and nudging them gently when he tries to encourage them.
“I strive to not inform them an excessive amount of,” he mentioned. “It clouds the thoughts, and I would like them to compete with a transparent head.”
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Lee, who was the captain of the ’92 Olympic badminton workforce, mentioned he understands the stress.
His doubles workforce made it so far as the ultimate 16 in Barcelona, and the remainder U.S. badminton workforce did not take any medals house that summer time. However he mentioned one of many workforce’s main accomplishments that 12 months was inspiring the following era of athletes and Olympians.
“It was undoubtedly one of many pinnacles of my profession,” he mentioned. “It actually motivated plenty of coming-up gamers that we competed with the assets we had on the stage we did.”
He mentioned badminton as a critical sport has grown tremendously within the within the U.S. since his time. Skilled badminton services did not exist within the Bay Space 10 years in the past, Lee mentioned. Immediately there are 16.
“Within the late ’80s and within the ’90s there have been no golf equipment like there at the moment are,” he mentioned. “We have been beneath the mercy of the times and instances the excessive colleges and gymnasiums have been open, and there weren’t many coaches round both. These days gamers can play in very nice golf equipment with an abundance of coaches.”
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The expansion would not come from solely skilled badminton services. Highschool groups and school golf equipment are popping up, each of which do loads to dispel the picture of badminton as a “yard” sport or “garden sport,” he mentioned.
Palo Alto and Gunn excessive colleges have had badminton groups for years and school scholarships are even provided within the sport.
“While you inform individuals you compete professionally, they nonetheless have that yard picture of their thoughts,” he mentioned. “What lots of people do not realize is that shuttle is coming off the racquet at 200 miles per hour. The flanged design slows it down loads, however it’s nonetheless going over the web at 100 miles per hour.”
Lately, 47-year-old Lee mentioned he cannot hit the shuttle that quick and might’t compete with the athleticism of the gamers he coaches, saying it could be like John McEnroe going up in opposition to Roger Federer. Nonetheless, teaching is his alternative to remain engaged with the game and its neighborhood.
“Some gamers retire they usually take it straightforward, transfer on and begin a household,” mentioned Lee, who has two kids. “For essentially the most half I’ve accomplished the identical, however I’ve received a terrific ardour for the game and actually wished to remain concerned.”
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Lee mentioned the self-discipline and dedication he realized from badminton helped him obtain one other of his childhood goals changing into a police officer.
“It is one thing that I had wished to do for a very long time since I used to be a child,” mentioned Lee, who joined the police division when he was 37. “As I received older I knew if I waited too lengthy it could be too late. I felt prefer it was both now or by no means.”
Lee, who teaches defensive ways and is skilled in hostage negotiation with the Palo Alto Police Division, is teaching his gamers a lot as he would for different worldwide competitions as a result of on the floor they’re very related. Simply as within the Pan Am Video games or World Championships, gamers compete with elite rivals in entrance of 1000’s, however to Lee there’s something totally different about enjoying on the Olympics.
“It is the atmosphere that makes it so particular,” he mentioned. “That is just about the occasion, and the gamers understand it. It is the head of each dream.”
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by Eric Van Susteren / Palo Alto On-line
Uploaded: Thu, Jul 26, 2012, 6:12 pm

As a younger athlete, Ben Lee was energetic in lots of sports activities. The long run Olympian, nonetheless, discovered just one that would fulfill his excessive exercise stage. It wasn’t boxing, soccer, and even tennis. It was badminton.

“It received me hooked as quickly as I began enjoying,” he mentioned. “It was the mix of so many various issues: endurance, pace, energy, agility finesse it is by no means only one.”

Twenty years in the past, Lee represented the US on the Barcelona Olympics in badminton. It was the primary 12 months it was included as an Olympic sport. This month he is returning to the Summer time Video games in London, England, however not as participant.

Lee, now a Palo Alto police officer, was chosen because the U.S. Olympic Badminton Workforce’s head coach. For the previous few months he has been flying to Los Angeles most weeks to teach the workforce for 10 to twenty hours, pushing them exhausting in follow and nudging them gently when he tries to encourage them.

“I strive to not inform them an excessive amount of,” he mentioned. “It clouds the thoughts, and I would like them to compete with a transparent head.”

Lee, who was the captain of the ’92 Olympic badminton workforce, mentioned he understands the stress.

His doubles workforce made it so far as the ultimate 16 in Barcelona, and the remainder U.S. badminton workforce did not take any medals house that summer time. However he mentioned one of many workforce’s main accomplishments that 12 months was inspiring the following era of athletes and Olympians.

“It was undoubtedly one of many pinnacles of my profession,” he mentioned. “It actually motivated plenty of coming-up gamers that we competed with the assets we had on the stage we did.”

He mentioned badminton as a critical sport has grown tremendously within the within the U.S. since his time. Skilled badminton services did not exist within the Bay Space 10 years in the past, Lee mentioned. Immediately there are 16.

“Within the late ’80s and within the ’90s there have been no golf equipment like there at the moment are,” he mentioned. “We have been beneath the mercy of the times and instances the excessive colleges and gymnasiums have been open, and there weren’t many coaches round both. These days gamers can play in very nice golf equipment with an abundance of coaches.”

The expansion would not come from solely skilled badminton services. Highschool groups and school golf equipment are popping up, each of which do loads to dispel the picture of badminton as a “yard” sport or “garden sport,” he mentioned.

Palo Alto and Gunn excessive colleges have had badminton groups for years and school scholarships are even provided within the sport.

“While you inform individuals you compete professionally, they nonetheless have that yard picture of their thoughts,” he mentioned. “What lots of people do not realize is that shuttle is coming off the racquet at 200 miles per hour. The flanged design slows it down loads, however it’s nonetheless going over the web at 100 miles per hour.”

Lately, 47-year-old Lee mentioned he cannot hit the shuttle that quick and might’t compete with the athleticism of the gamers he coaches, saying it could be like John McEnroe going up in opposition to Roger Federer. Nonetheless, teaching is his alternative to remain engaged with the game and its neighborhood.

“Some gamers retire they usually take it straightforward, transfer on and begin a household,” mentioned Lee, who has two kids. “For essentially the most half I’ve accomplished the identical, however I’ve received a terrific ardour for the game and actually wished to remain concerned.”

Lee mentioned the self-discipline and dedication he realized from badminton helped him obtain one other of his childhood goals changing into a police officer.

“It is one thing that I had wished to do for a very long time since I used to be a child,” mentioned Lee, who joined the police division when he was 37. “As I received older I knew if I waited too lengthy it could be too late. I felt prefer it was both now or by no means.”

Lee, who teaches defensive ways and is skilled in hostage negotiation with the Palo Alto Police Division, is teaching his gamers a lot as he would for different worldwide competitions as a result of on the floor they’re very related. Simply as within the Pan Am Video games or World Championships, gamers compete with elite rivals in entrance of 1000’s, however to Lee there’s something totally different about enjoying on the Olympics.

“It is the atmosphere that makes it so particular,” he mentioned. “That is just about the occasion, and the gamers understand it. It is the head of each dream.”

As a younger athlete, Ben Lee was energetic in lots of sports activities. The long run Olympian, nonetheless, discovered just one that would fulfill his excessive exercise stage. It wasn’t boxing, soccer, and even tennis. It was badminton.
“It received me hooked as quickly as I began enjoying,” he mentioned. “It was the mix of so many various issues: endurance, pace, energy, agility finesse it is by no means only one.”
Twenty years in the past, Lee represented the US on the Barcelona Olympics in badminton. It was the primary 12 months it was included as an Olympic sport. This month he is returning to the Summer time Video games in London, England, however not as participant.
Lee, now a Palo Alto police officer, was chosen because the U.S. Olympic Badminton Workforce’s head coach. For the previous few months he has been flying to Los Angeles most weeks to teach the workforce for 10 to twenty hours, pushing them exhausting in follow and nudging them gently when he tries to encourage them.
“I strive to not inform them an excessive amount of,” he mentioned. “It clouds the thoughts, and I would like them to compete with a transparent head.”
Lee, who was the captain of the ’92 Olympic badminton workforce, mentioned he understands the stress.
His doubles workforce made it so far as the ultimate 16 in Barcelona, and the remainder U.S. badminton workforce did not take any medals house that summer time. However he mentioned one of many workforce’s main accomplishments that 12 months was inspiring the following era of athletes and Olympians.
“It was undoubtedly one of many pinnacles of my profession,” he mentioned. “It actually motivated plenty of coming-up gamers that we competed with the assets we had on the stage we did.”
He mentioned badminton as a critical sport has grown tremendously within the within the U.S. since his time. Skilled badminton services did not exist within the Bay Space 10 years in the past, Lee mentioned. Immediately there are 16.
“Within the late ’80s and within the ’90s there have been no golf equipment like there at the moment are,” he mentioned. “We have been beneath the mercy of the times and instances the excessive colleges and gymnasiums have been open, and there weren’t many coaches round both. These days gamers can play in very nice golf equipment with an abundance of coaches.”
The expansion would not come from solely skilled badminton services. Highschool groups and school golf equipment are popping up, each of which do loads to dispel the picture of badminton as a “yard” sport or “garden sport,” he mentioned.
Palo Alto and Gunn excessive colleges have had badminton groups for years and school scholarships are even provided within the sport.
“While you inform individuals you compete professionally, they nonetheless have that yard picture of their thoughts,” he mentioned. “What lots of people do not realize is that shuttle is coming off the racquet at 200 miles per hour. The flanged design slows it down loads, however it’s nonetheless going over the web at 100 miles per hour.”
Lately, 47-year-old Lee mentioned he cannot hit the shuttle that quick and might’t compete with the athleticism of the gamers he coaches, saying it could be like John McEnroe going up in opposition to Roger Federer. Nonetheless, teaching is his alternative to remain engaged with the game and its neighborhood.
“Some gamers retire they usually take it straightforward, transfer on and begin a household,” mentioned Lee, who has two kids. “For essentially the most half I’ve accomplished the identical, however I’ve received a terrific ardour for the game and actually wished to remain concerned.”
Lee mentioned the self-discipline and dedication he realized from badminton helped him obtain one other of his childhood goals changing into a police officer.
“It is one thing that I had wished to do for a very long time since I used to be a child,” mentioned Lee, who joined the police division when he was 37. “As I received older I knew if I waited too lengthy it could be too late. I felt prefer it was both now or by no means.”
Lee, who teaches defensive ways and is skilled in hostage negotiation with the Palo Alto Police Division, is teaching his gamers a lot as he would for different worldwide competitions as a result of on the floor they’re very related. Simply as within the Pan Am Video games or World Championships, gamers compete with elite rivals in entrance of 1000’s, however to Lee there’s something totally different about enjoying on the Olympics.
“It is the atmosphere that makes it so particular,” he mentioned. “That is just about the occasion, and the gamers understand it. It is the head of each dream.”
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