FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Beginning February 9 at Bond Park Community Center in Cary, North Carolina, the top American men and women table tennis players will begin the process to earn the right to compete in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Ticket prices start at just $5 and may be purchased online at www.cary2012.com
or at the Cary Arts Center Box Office. If any tickets are left at the start of competition, tickets will also be available on site at Bond Park Community Center. The competition will be streamed live by NBC Universal Sports and will run through February 12.
The tournament consists of two stages: the one-day open qualifying tournament that starts on February 9 at 9 a.m. and the final twelve-player men and women round robins that will be February 10-12. The top ten men and top ten women as ranked by USA Table Tennis have been seeded directly into the final round robins. The qualifying tournament will feature thirty-two men and three women fighting for the final two spots in each group.
The open qualifying tournament is guaranteed to be exciting as the players will include Khoa Nguyen, San Jose, CA, 2000 & 2004 US Olympian; Dan Seemiller, South Bend, IN, five-time US Singles Champion & two-time US Olympic Coach, Scott Butler, Advance, NC, Pan Am Team member; several former National Champions and National Team members of all ages; and local player Gregg Robertshaw from Raleigh, NC.
The top four male and top four female finishers will qualify to represent the US in the 2012 North America Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament to held in Cary, NC, on April 20-22 where they will compete against the Canadian qualifiers to see who will get to go to the Olympics.
Top Four Seeded Women
Jun Gao, Covina, CA, 1992 Olympic Silver Medalist
Ariel Hsing, San Jose, CA, 2011 US Women's Singles Champion
Lily Zhang, Palo Alto, CA, 2011 Qatar Peace & Sports Cup Women's Doubles Champion
Judy Hugh, Warren, NJ, National Collegiate Women's Singles and Mixed Doubles Champion
Top Four Seeded Men
Yiyong Fan, Seattle, WA, 2011 Qatar Peace & Sports Cup Men's Doubles Finalist
Mark Hazinski, Fort Worth, TX, 2004 Olympic Team Member
Michael Landers, Old Westbury, NY, 2009 US Men's Singles Champion
Timothy Wang, Houston, TX, 2010 US Men's Singles Champion
Other Notable Players
Erica Wu, Arcadia, CA, 2011 Pan Am Team Medalist
Prachi Jha, Milpitas, CA, 2011 World Team Member
Peter Li, Laural, MD, 2011 US Men's Singles Champion
Adam Hugh. Warren, NJ, US Mixed Doubles Champion (with sister Judy Hugh)
Thursday, February 9, Qualifying Tournament
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, February 10, Final Round Robins
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 11
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, February 12
10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Follow the results on the host website www.cary2012.com
or on the USA Table Tennis websites www.usatt.org
and on social media feeds www.facebook.com/usatabletennis www.twitter.com/usatabletennis
NBC Universal Sports Live Feeds
February 10, Session 1: http://www.universalsports.com/video/assetid=6c239684-8e1b-4899-9c19-677ad0293ef4.html
February 10, Session 2: http://www.universalsports.com/video/assetid=86d65118-51cd-41e7-896c-43f750db00ff.html
February 11, Session 1: http://www.universalsports.com/video/assetid=f14cbc7f-dda3-42bd-bc05-266508e93a0e.html
February 11, Session 2: http://www.universalsports.com/video/assetid=4b5d6a22-992e-45a8-97e4-498a04a787f0.html
February 12, Session 1: http://www.universalsports.com/video/assetid=b7b49813-91a2-4152-97cc-d3b0bacad68c.html
For more information, please contact Sean O'Neill, USA Table Tennis, at 503-941-0731 or firstname.lastname@example.org