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 lively in lots of sports activities. The longer term Olympian, nonetheless, discovered just one that might 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 stated. “It was the mixture of so many various issues: endurance, velocity, energy, agility finesse it is by no means only one.”
Twenty years in the past, Lee represented america 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 season 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 educate the workforce for 10 to twenty hours, pushing them arduous in apply and nudging them gently when he tries to inspire them.
“I strive to not inform them an excessive amount of,” he stated. “It clouds the thoughts, and I need them to compete with a transparent head.”
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Lee, who was the captain of the ’92 Olympic badminton workforce, stated he understands the strain.
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 dwelling that summer time. However he stated one of many workforce’s main accomplishments that 12 months was inspiring the subsequent era of athletes and Olympians.
“It was undoubtedly one of many pinnacles of my profession,” he stated. “It actually motivated numerous coming-up gamers that we competed with the sources we had on the stage we did.”
He stated badminton as a critical sport has grown tremendously within the within the U.S. since his time. Skilled badminton amenities did not exist within the Bay Space 10 years in the past, Lee stated. At present there are 16.
“Within the late ’80s and within the ’90s there have been no golf equipment like there are actually,” he stated. “We have been underneath 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 does not come from solely skilled badminton amenities. Highschool groups and faculty golf equipment are popping up, each of which do so much to dispel the picture of badminton as a “yard” sport or “garden recreation,” he stated.
Palo Alto and Gunn excessive colleges have had badminton groups for years and faculty scholarships are even supplied within the sport.
“If you inform individuals you compete professionally, they nonetheless have that yard picture of their thoughts,” he stated. “What lots of people do not understand is that shuttle is coming off the racquet at 200 miles per hour. The flanged design slows it down so much, but it surely’s nonetheless going over the online at 100 miles per hour.”
As of late, 47-year-old Lee stated he cannot hit the shuttle that quick and might’t compete with the athleticism of the gamers he coaches, saying it will be like John McEnroe going up towards Roger Federer. Nonetheless, teaching is his alternative to remain engaged with the game and its group.
“Some gamers retire and so they take it simple, transfer on and begin a household,” stated Lee, who has two kids. “For essentially the most half I’ve completed the identical, however I’ve received an ideal ardour for the game and actually needed to remain concerned.”
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Lee stated the self-discipline and dedication he discovered from badminton helped him obtain one other of his childhood goals turning into a police officer.
“It is one thing that I had needed to do for a very long time since I used to be a child,” stated Lee, who joined the police division when he was 37. “As I received older I knew if I waited too lengthy it will be too late. I felt prefer it was both now or by no means.”
Lee, who teaches defensive ways and is educated 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 comparable. Simply as within the Pan Am Video games or World Championships, gamers compete with elite opponents in entrance of hundreds, however to Lee there’s something completely different about enjoying on the Olympics.
“It is the atmosphere that makes it so particular,” he stated. “That is just about the occasion, and the gamers realize 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 lively in lots of sports activities. The longer term Olympian, nonetheless, discovered just one that might 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 stated. “It was the mixture of so many various issues: endurance, velocity, energy, agility finesse it is by no means only one.”

Twenty years in the past, Lee represented america 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 season 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 educate the workforce for 10 to twenty hours, pushing them arduous in apply and nudging them gently when he tries to inspire them.

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

Lee, who was the captain of the ’92 Olympic badminton workforce, stated he understands the strain.

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 dwelling that summer time. However he stated one of many workforce’s main accomplishments that 12 months was inspiring the subsequent era of athletes and Olympians.

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

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

“Within the late ’80s and within the ’90s there have been no golf equipment like there are actually,” he stated. “We have been underneath 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 does not come from solely skilled badminton amenities. Highschool groups and faculty golf equipment are popping up, each of which do so much to dispel the picture of badminton as a “yard” sport or “garden recreation,” he stated.

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

“If you inform individuals you compete professionally, they nonetheless have that yard picture of their thoughts,” he stated. “What lots of people do not understand is that shuttle is coming off the racquet at 200 miles per hour. The flanged design slows it down so much, but it surely’s nonetheless going over the online at 100 miles per hour.”

As of late, 47-year-old Lee stated he cannot hit the shuttle that quick and might’t compete with the athleticism of the gamers he coaches, saying it will be like John McEnroe going up towards Roger Federer. Nonetheless, teaching is his alternative to remain engaged with the game and its group.

“Some gamers retire and so they take it simple, transfer on and begin a household,” stated Lee, who has two kids. “For essentially the most half I’ve completed the identical, however I’ve received an ideal ardour for the game and actually needed to remain concerned.”

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

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

Lee, who teaches defensive ways and is educated 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 comparable. Simply as within the Pan Am Video games or World Championships, gamers compete with elite opponents in entrance of hundreds, however to Lee there’s something completely different about enjoying on the Olympics.

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

As a younger athlete, Ben Lee was lively in lots of sports activities. The longer term Olympian, nonetheless, discovered just one that might 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 stated. “It was the mixture of so many various issues: endurance, velocity, energy, agility finesse it is by no means only one.”
Twenty years in the past, Lee represented america 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 season 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 educate the workforce for 10 to twenty hours, pushing them arduous in apply and nudging them gently when he tries to inspire them.
“I strive to not inform them an excessive amount of,” he stated. “It clouds the thoughts, and I need them to compete with a transparent head.”
Lee, who was the captain of the ’92 Olympic badminton workforce, stated he understands the strain.
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 dwelling that summer time. However he stated one of many workforce’s main accomplishments that 12 months was inspiring the subsequent era of athletes and Olympians.
“It was undoubtedly one of many pinnacles of my profession,” he stated. “It actually motivated numerous coming-up gamers that we competed with the sources we had on the stage we did.”
He stated badminton as a critical sport has grown tremendously within the within the U.S. since his time. Skilled badminton amenities did not exist within the Bay Space 10 years in the past, Lee stated. At present there are 16.
“Within the late ’80s and within the ’90s there have been no golf equipment like there are actually,” he stated. “We have been underneath 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 does not come from solely skilled badminton amenities. Highschool groups and faculty golf equipment are popping up, each of which do so much to dispel the picture of badminton as a “yard” sport or “garden recreation,” he stated.
Palo Alto and Gunn excessive colleges have had badminton groups for years and faculty scholarships are even supplied within the sport.
“If you inform individuals you compete professionally, they nonetheless have that yard picture of their thoughts,” he stated. “What lots of people do not understand is that shuttle is coming off the racquet at 200 miles per hour. The flanged design slows it down so much, but it surely’s nonetheless going over the online at 100 miles per hour.”
As of late, 47-year-old Lee stated he cannot hit the shuttle that quick and might’t compete with the athleticism of the gamers he coaches, saying it will be like John McEnroe going up towards Roger Federer. Nonetheless, teaching is his alternative to remain engaged with the game and its group.
“Some gamers retire and so they take it simple, transfer on and begin a household,” stated Lee, who has two kids. “For essentially the most half I’ve completed the identical, however I’ve received an ideal ardour for the game and actually needed to remain concerned.”
Lee stated the self-discipline and dedication he discovered from badminton helped him obtain one other of his childhood goals turning into a police officer.
“It is one thing that I had needed to do for a very long time since I used to be a child,” stated Lee, who joined the police division when he was 37. “As I received older I knew if I waited too lengthy it will be too late. I felt prefer it was both now or by no means.”
Lee, who teaches defensive ways and is educated 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 comparable. Simply as within the Pan Am Video games or World Championships, gamers compete with elite opponents in entrance of hundreds, however to Lee there’s something completely different about enjoying on the Olympics.
“It is the atmosphere that makes it so particular,” he stated. “That is just about the occasion, and the gamers realize it. It is the head of each dream.”
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