Barbara Wei

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Birth Date:

March 11, 1989

Home Club:

Maryland Table Tennic Center (MDTTC)

Home Town:

Gaithersburg, MD

Education:

Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania

Coach(es):

Jack Huang

Height and Weight:

5'5 and 147 lbs

Handed:

Right

Style of Play:

Offense

Grip:

Shakehands

Sponsors:

None

Blade and Rubber:

Primorac Carbon Blade, Tenergy 05 and Speedy P.O. (1.9 sponge)

Highest Rating:

2286

Competition Record/Titles:

2011 U.S. Nationals Womens Singles Top 16
2011 World University Games USA Team Member
2008 National Collegiate Championships Women's Singles 3rd Place
2009 National Collegiate Championships Women's Doubles Finalist
2008 National Collegiate Championships Women's Doubles Finalist
2008 National Collegiate Championships Mixed Doubles Finalist
2002-2006 U.S. National Cadet and Junior Team Member
2005 World Junior Circuit Finals 11th Place
2005 World Junior Circuit Brazil Girls Singles 3rd Place
2004 World Cadet Challenge Girls Singles 13th Place
2002 Butterfly Training Scholarship Awardee

How were you introduced to table tennis:

At 7 years old, I was trying out many different sports and activities. Table Tennis was just one of the activities my parents introduced me to. I really enjoyed it, and as I progressed and got better, I started dropping other activities and focusing on improving my table tennis skills. I still train with the same coach, and at the same club I started learning how to play at back in 1997.

Personal Info:

I grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland and attended an all-girls prep school (Holton-Arms) growing up. At 12, I was selected to the U.S. National Cadet Team, and won a scholarship to train in Japan at Butterfly Tamasu's official training center. From then on, I traveled as a member of the U.S. National team, and gained experience at international tournaments around the world, until I graduated high school and left for college.

I attended the ivy league school, the University of Pennsylvania and majored in Health Care Management and Chinese language. I graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts, and am currently working for Censeo Consulting a supply chain consulting firm in D.C. Balancing a demanding work schedule, with a table-tennis training schedule while trying to remain a normal 22 year old has proven to be a challenging but very rewarding experience.

I have participated in the 2004 Athens Olympic Trials as well as the 2008 Olympic Trials, and hope 2012 will be my lucky year.

Did You Know?:

One of my favorite hobbies is reviewing restaurants and being a food critic.

My dream career is to be CEO of a hospital.

I am forever thankful to my friends, family, coach, club members and schools that have supported my journey thus far!