Bronze Medal for USA’s Lily Zhang at Youth Olympics

lily_bronze_cropped Lily Zhang does not disappoint. Touted as one of Team USA’s brightest stars heading into the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, the 2012 Olympian successfully captured the bronze medal in women’s singles table tennis Wednesday morning. Zhang had already been receiving attention as the only American to compete at an Olympic Games prior to the Youth Olympic Games, and now she has made history again as the first American to win a table tennis medal at either the Olympic Games or the Youth Olympic Games.

Lily Zhang of USA Reached the Semi-Finals of Youth Olympic Games

lily_yog_croppedLily Zhang of USA reached the semi-finals of the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, before a 4-1 defeat by number one seed Duo Hoi Kem of Hong Kong. (11-1, 5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6). In the other semi-final match, Liu Gaoyang of China overcame Japan’s Miyu Kato in front of 4,000 spectators at Wutaishan Gymnasium. The bronze medal match between Lily Zhang and Miyu Kato is scheduled for 10:00 am on Wednesday, Aug. 20th; and the gold medal match between Duo Hoi Kem and Liu Gaoyang is scheduled for 11:30am.

Lily Zhang: Looking Forward to the Youth Olympic Games

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USA’s star, Lily Zhang, had outstanding wins in the USA matches against the top teams in the world in the Championship Division of the World Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo in May, 2014. Lily is USA’s best hope for winning an Olympic Medal in Table Tennis. She is on her way to Nanjing, China for the Youth Olympic Games.

STIGA 70th Anniversary Video

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We invite you to view STIGA’s 70th Anniversary Video. During our 70 years a lot of things have happened in the world of table tennis. World Champions have come and gone, rules and surroundings have changed, new and innovative products have been developed. This is a history we want to share with all of you!

Lily Zhang Wins Women’s ITTF-North American Cup Title

Lily Zhang US Nat 2012 ALily Zhang won the 2013, ITTF-North American Cup in Westchester NY. Her ICC/STIGA Team mate, Timothy Wang was runner-up to Andre Ho from Canada. Both Lily and Timothy continue to show consistent winning results in major events. Credit goes to these two talented players and their dedication to training, as-well-as to their coaches and to the tremendous support they all receive from the ICC/STIGA Elite Team.

Lily Zhang and Timothy Wang Finish at the top of the US Team Trials!

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Congratulations to Timothy Wang and Lily Zhang for their respective number 1 finishes at the US Team Trials in San Jose, CA. In her charge to the number one spot on the Women’s Team, Lily did not loss a single match, while Timothy finished as number one on the Men’s Team with just one match loss! With these impressive finishes the two US National Champions continue to show why they deserve to be at the top of US table tennis.

Zhou Xin Recognized as 2012 Coach of the Year

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Congratulations to Zhou Xin who has been recognized by the USATT as its 2012 National Coach of the Year. Zhou coaches out of the ICC club and works with Lily Zhang and Timothy Wang among the many other oustanding players from that nationally recognized program.

Coaching Tip: Holding Back on Serves

Suppose you have a tricky serve that gives your opponent all sorts of problems. But suppose it’s also one of those serves that he can get used to, and only works by either surprise or by the opponent’s not being used to it. Should you hold back on this serve for key points in the match?

Lily Zhang on Mental Toughness

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Lily Zhang won the 2013 US Women’s Singles Championship after traveling from India, where she recorded a personal best finish in the quarters, at the World Junior Championships. Here she talks about the elements of the mental game and how important those elements are to achieving and sustaining a high performance level.

Timothy Wang Reigns As Three Time 2012 US National Champion

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Timothy Wang’s game seems to rise above those around him as if by magic. Ask him how he manages to make the most of the big situations and he’ll tell you about his determination and a fighting spirit that never quits. A key member of the STIGA ICC Elite Team, Timothy credits his coaches Massimo Constantini for keeping him focused and Zhou Xin for keeping his game sharp.

Lily Zhang Captures Her First Women’s Singles US National Championship!

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2012 has been a year to remember for the young and talented Lily Zhang, the pride of STIGA’s ICC Elite Team. She has had a dream year, earning titles and breaking new ground for the US on the international scene.

STIGA California State Open Tournament: Dec 7-9 2012

Registration for the 2012 STIGA California State Open is now open. Check out the variety of play options in this well know table tennis tournament. Hosted by ICC, in Milpitas, CA. this year’s event continues a tradition of high caliber players honing their craft as they get ready for the US National Championships. Entry form and rules can be downloaded or printed out for easy entry!

2012 JUIC International Junior Championship – Register Now

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The second annual JUIC International Junior Championship is scheduled for September 14 to 16 at ICC Table Tennis Club in Milpitas, CA. The tournament is one of the few events in the U.S. that offers players the chance to compete with internationally ranked juniors. Registration is open now. Come join the fun!

Table Tennis Ready Position – Lesson 2

Massimo Costantini’s lesson series continues with this second installment. He talks about the importance of anticipation, how to scout your opponent and how a good ready position will protect your weak areas.

ICC Head Coach Massimo Constantini Details the Importance of Stance and Posture to the “Ready Position”

Massimo Constantini is ICC’s Head Coach. There he continues working with the three current US Olympians as-well-as other high performance players and juniors. Here, in part 1 of an 8 part audio series on the “Ready Position” in table tennis, he discusses the importannce of stance and posture.

Ariel Hsing Interview with NPR Reporter Dave DeWitt

Ariel Hsing and her STIGA/ICC Elite Teammates Lily Zhang and Timothy Wang, are on their way to London to play in the 2012 Olympic Summer Table Tennis Games. Ariel Hsing talks about the experience of making the team on NPR shortly after grabbing the first spot on the US Olympic team in Cary, NC

JUIC International Junior & Cadet Championship Dates Set for September 15-16

This is the second year for the JUIC International Junior and Cadet Championship tournament. We expect to have a even larger interantional field this year with generous support from the ITTF and JUIC.

Three STIGA / ICC Elite Table Tennis Team Players are Olympic Bound!

The Olympic trials are over and the results are in! All three STIGA/ICC Elite Table Tennis Team champions who competed for a coveted spot on the 2012 Olympic team made the cut. Ariel Hsing, Timothy Wang, and Lily Zhang are all headed to the London games this summer.

Ariel Hsing and Lily Zhang Talk to Bay Area TV About London and the World Games

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Ariel Hsing and Lily Zhang talk about their road to London in this Bay Area TV interview. Ariel Hsing & Lily Zhang are two exceptional table tennis players with Olympic Dreams. We are very proud of our young stars. What a great example of youth in our sport. Good luck to our Olympic hopefuls!

STIGA / Paddle Palace Announce ICC Elite Table Tennis Team Sponsorship

ICC Team MembersSTIGA, Escalade Sports, and Paddle Palace are proud to announce their sponsorship of the ICC Elite Table Tennis Team