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London 2012 Olympics: Ariel Hsing looks to end American table tennis medal drought

In the six summer Olympics since table tennis was added to the competition, the United States has never won a medal.

Ariel Hsing will try to change that this summer when she travels to London as the Americans’ best shot to bring home gold.

But unlike young prodigies in China — which has won 41 of the 76 table tennis medals to date — the 16-year-old Hsing hasn’t been perfecting her game at a table tennis academy since childhood. Instead, she’s an honor roll high school student who spends her free time polishing her forehand and spin serve and taking on the likes of Warren Buffet and Bill Gates.

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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