The former world-class professionals Jan-Ove Waldner, Jörgen Persson und Mikael Appelgren are known as the golden generation of the Swedish National Team and dominated the 80ies and 90ies in table tennis sport.
Jan-Ove Waldner („JO“) is known as the most legendary player of all times and has revolutionized the table tennis sport. Due to his feel for the ball and his brilliancy in a game (variance between speed table tennis and defensive style) he was also called “the Mozart of table tennis”.
His success speaks for itself: Olympic gold and silver medal winner, six times World Champion, ten times European Champion and he has won the ranking list tournament Top Twelve seven times.
Mikael Appelgren completes the trio of the Swedish golden generation. He also became several times European Champion as well as World Champion with the Swedish National Team and World Champion in double competition.
Jörgen Persson has also cult status in Sweden similar to JO Waldner. He is regularly on TV and was an ambassador of the Team World Championships 2018 in the Swedish Halmstad. In single competition and with the Swedish National Team Persson became several times World Champion and European Champion. Furthermore, he was able to win the World Cup. His big strength is the aggressive block and counter game.