“My dream is to be in the Olympics and represent the United States of America,” Robert Griffin said in a USAA video published last week. “So [as a teenager] I was preparing for my dream…I would definitely want to still fulfill my dream of going to the Olympics. Someway, somehow. Maybe it’s track, maybe it’s badminton, maybe it’s Ping-Pong. I’ll find a way to get to the Olympics.”
There was laughter involved, but maybe also an implication that Olympic table tennis was not a serious-minded pursuit.
And so, naturally, some top youth table tennis players have responded.
“Hey RGIII, if you want to make the Olympics in table tennis, you’re gonna have to go through us first,” four juniors from the Maryland Table Tennis Center said at the conclusion of this video.
Left to right above, this is Nathan Hsu, 17, the national U-18 Junior Olympic runner-up last year; Crystal Wang, 11, the top-rated player of her age in the country; Derek Nie, 12, last year’s U-11 U.S. Open champ; and Roy Ke, 14, a highly rated U-15 player. Hsu also directed the video.
If you’re betting on an RGIII vs. Nie match, I’d definitely give the points.
(Thanks to my colleague Amy Orndorff for the tip.)