USA Prepares for World University Games

Aug. 02, 2017, 7:39 p.m. (ET)

 

This year, we are proud to announce, Team USA will send a full team of six men and six women to the 2017 World University Games (WUG) in Taipei, Taiwan from August 19th-31st.

 

The World University Games -- also known as “Universiade” (a combination of “University” and “Olympiade”) -- is held every other year and is largely considered the most athletic multi-sport event outside of the Olympics. Commonly referred to as the “College Olympics,” the event brings college students together to compete from around the world - this year, over 10,000 athletes from 120+ countries will compete in 22 sports.

 

Being able to represent Team USA at the WUG is a huge honor, and the athletes will get the opportunity to form friendships with participants from different countries and cultures. The World University Games are an opportunity for athletes to compete on an international scale and experience competition in a high-profile tournament.

 

This will be the third time Team USA sends a badminton team to the WUG  -- the first time with a full team of 12 athletes. This will allow Team USA athletes to experience the highest level of badminton play.

 

Team USA will train together for two weeks in Milpitas, California before heading to Taiwan. Numerous players hail from the San Francisco Bay Area, however, additional players come from Seattle, Southern California, and Texas. The accompanying staff will include Ray Ng (Team Manager), Harry Tan (Coach), Chan Kwongbeng (Coach), Chang Wen-Sung (Coach), and Erika Sporkert (Assistant Team Manager).

 

The following players will be representing Team USA in Taiwan:

 

Athlete

School

Year

Age

Hometown

Maya Chen

UC Berkeley

Freshman

17

Los Angeles, CA

Victoria Chen

University of Washington

Junior

19

Bellevue, WA

Adrienne Lin

University of Washington

Senior

21

Bellevue, WA

Madeline Sporkert

UC San Diego

Junior

19

Cupertino, CA

Annie Xu

UC Berkeley

Freshman

17

San Jose, CA

Kerry Xu

UC Berkeley

Freshman

17

San Jose, CA

William Cheung

UC Berkeley

Senior

22

Fremont, CA

Vinson Chiu

UC Berkeley

Freshman

19

Los Angeles, CA

Alex La

Bellevue College

Freshman

19

Seattle, WA

Justin Ma

UC Berkeley

Senior

20

Cupertino, TX

Joseph Pitman

University of Texas Dallas

Sophomore

19

Dallas, TX

Darren Yang

San Jose State University

Junior

19

San Jose, CA

 

 

 

Official event website: https://www.2017.taipei/home

Team USA website for WUG: usabadminton.org

Our team’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/2017WUGUSABadminton/

Event Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/taipei2017/