So, everyone loves playing badminton during the summer at their annual family reunion barbeque, but did you know that badminton is actually an Olympic sport? Badminton first made its Olympic appearance in 1992 at the Olympic Games in Barcelona. Since its debut, 50 countries have participated in this Olympic sport and it has gained popularity since the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing.
Team USA will be sending athletes to compete in the badminton competition in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, with Olympian Howard Bach as the front-runner.
Here is everything you would ever want to know about Bach:
Full Name: Howard Bach
Weight: 165 pounds
Birthday: February 22, 1979
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saigon, Vietnam
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Current Residence: Orange, California
Parents: Cam Sen Bach, father
Education: Marina Middle School, Galileo High School in San Francisco, Bachelor's degree in Finance from Cal-State Fullerton
- U.S. men's doubles champion, 2001, 2002, 2004
- U.S. national singles champion, 2003
- Pan Am Games gold medalist, 2003
- Men's doubles Copenhagen Masters Winner, 2005
- Men's doubles world champion, 2005
Olympic Appearances: 2004, 2008, 2012
Howard Bach on Facebook: facebook.com/Howard Bach
Tidbits about Howard Bach: Bach started playing badminton at the age of 5 and was coached by his father for 11 years. While he was young, he was also coached by USA Coach of the Year Dick Ng. Bach is best known for taking America into the world of badminton as an Olympic sport.
Ruqaiyya Noor is a student English teacher at Marshall University and is a featured contributor in education for Yahoo! Voices. Ruqaiyya has played badminton since she was a child and is an avid fan of the Olympics, who stays glued to the television for the entirety of the Olympic Games.
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