Profiles of 4 Bay Area badminton athletes to play in Universiade

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Four Bay Area badminton athletes will represent the United States to play in the 2013 Universiade, to be held in July in Kazan, Russia.

Name: Sharon Ng

Event: Women’s Singles and Women’s Doubles

Date of birth: February 20, 1994

Place of birth: Mountain View, California

Current city: Sunnyvale, California

Height and weight: 5’6″, 125 lbs

College: Wellesley College, majoring in Economics

Badminton characteristics: Cross drop shot.

Racket-Yonex Arc Saber 9FL, String-NBG95, Tension-29 pounds

Main records:

-2012 USA Adult Nationals 2nd place

-2010 USA Junior Nationals 1st U17 GD, 1st U17 MX, 2nd U17 GS, 2nd U19 MX

-2010 USBDF Winter Junior Badminton Internationals 1st place U22 GS, 1st place U19 GS

-2010 XIX Pan Am Junior Team Championships 1st place team

Who do you admire most?

Hard workers

What is your favorite food?

Dim sum

What is your favorite song?

I like a variety of different genres including mainstream pop, kpop, indie, R&B, house, alternative, rap, and acoustic.

Besides sports, what is your hobby or what do you like to do?

Sightseeing and eating with friends and family

If you get a medal, what is the first thing you do?

Hug my parents

What is the turning point of your life?

Going to college

Who influenced you most?

My parents

What is a perfect rest day?

Going on adventures and hanging out with friends/family.

Name: Danae Long

Event: Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles

Date of birth: May 25, 1994

Place of birth: San Jose, California

Current city: Fremont, California Height and weight: 5 feet 5 inches, 120 lbs

College: San Francisco State University, majoring in Kinesiology

Badminton characteristics: net play. NS9900. NG95 – 28 pounds (tension)

Main records: 2012 US Junior Nationals U19MX Gold Medalist 2012 US Junior Nationals U19GD Silver Medalist

Who do you admire most?

My mom, a strong warrior who is always determined to fight past obstacles to get things done for her family.

What is your favorite food?

Pho!

What is your favorite song?

I like a variety of different genres. Pop, r&b, hip hop, and slow music .

Besides sports, what is your hobby or what do you like to do?

Going out with friends and family

If you get a medal, what is the first thing you do?

Hug my mom!

What is the turning point of your life?

Attending my very first badminton class! This was a beginner’s summer camp class back in June 2005.

Who influenced you most?

All of my coaches.

What is a perfect rest day?

Sleep in and spend time with friends/family

Name: Randy Ma

Event: Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles

Date of birth: May 16, 1994

Current city: Cupertino, CA

Height: 6′ 2”

Weight: 140 lbs

College: Johns Hopkins University, majoring in Computer Science

Badminton Characteristics: Speed and making use of height to make shots that are hard to receive.

Main records: 2012 USA Badminton Junior Nationals 3rd place in U19 Singles

Who do you admire most?

I admire my parents, since they have always supported me even when I make mistakes

What is your favorite food?

Dragonfruit

What is your favorite song?

Catch My Breath, -Kelly Clarkson

Besides sports, what is your hobby or what do you like to do?

Hang out with friends, watch movies and TV shows

If you get a medal, what is the first thing you do?

Thank my parents since they try their best to help me succeed.

What is the turning point in your life?

Going to college, since I have to learn to be independent.

Who influenced you the most?

My parents

What is a perfect rest day?

Sleeping in, having little or no work, and hanging out with friends

Name: Michael Julian Buasan

Event: Mens Doubles

Date of birth: October 29, 1994

Place of birth: San Francisco, California

Current city: San Jose, California

Height and weight: 5’6″, 140 lbs.

College: San Jose State University

Badminton characteristics: Control, Yonex Armortec 900 Power, Nano 95, 29 lb. string

Main records: 2012 US Junior National Under 19 Boys Doubles Champion

Who do you admire most?

My parents for everything they’ve done for me

What is your favorite food?

Korean BBQ

What is your favorite song?

I believe I can fly – R Kelly

Besides sports, what is your hobby or what do you like to do?

Watch TV or movies

If you get a medal, what is the first thing you do?

Thank everyone who helped me get to that point

What is the turning point of your life?

Starting to train and play badminton at the age of 7

Who influenced you most?

Parents

What is a perfect rest day?

Sleeping in, eating a lot of food, and meeting up with friends

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