Wang Returns to the Limelight for 2020 US Olympic Trials

By Matt Hetherington | Jan. 14, 2020, 11:02 p.m. (ET)


Timothy Wang is making a return to the big tables, entering the 2020 US Olympic Trials event to be staged at Santa Monica College in California at the end of next month. The two-time Olympian, who competed in the singles at the London 2012 Olympics and the team event in Rio 2016, has entered the field and is preparing to put his best foot forward.

After the Rio Games, Wang - Houston born and raised, opened a new club in his native city, the Houston International Table Tennis Academy. After a year investing in the club, he moved on to become the Director of ICC Table Tennis Center in Milpitas, California, very much keeping within the world of table tennis in the US. 

After parting ways with ICC, he went further off the grid. Wang relocated to Denver, Colorado, taking up a position with Deloitte, which he has continued with for almost two years now. 

Wang has become the player to beat in the high-altitude environment, still very much able to hold his own on the table and holding a rating over 2500. 

At the recent JOOLA North American Team Championships, Wang was able to hold a 21:1 record, helping lead his Deloitte team to first place in Division 2 of the competition. 

"I felt like I played fairly well at the team competition in Washington recently. A few people had been asking me if I was going to consider competing in the Olympic trial and so I thought I would give it a shot," says Wang. 

"I still have plenty of technical skill and experience to draw on from my past training, I think that will be important in a high pressure environment like this one and will allow me to potentially create some upsets."

While his days of training six hours a day may be passed, Wang keeps himself active - regularly playing tennis and basketball, as well as being a major coaching figure in the state of Colorado. 

With the experience of two Olympic Games behind him who knows what he might be able to achieve at Santa Monica College. Everything is on the line for all the participants as they fight for the greatest honor in sport!

For more information on the 2020 US Olympic Table Tennis Trials, head here.