WITH the shuttlecock traveling at 200 miles an hour, lighting quick reflexes and strategy are the earmarks of badminton. The U.S. is sending seven members to compete in all five events of badminton, the first time that has happened.
Like the table tennis team, all of the seven team members are Asian/Americans. While the U.S. has done well in international competition, it will be a hard row to hoe to get a medal.
Badminton is one of three sports the U.S. has never medaled in. The other two? Table tennis and handball.
Most of the veterans have retired leaving Eva Lee as the only player who has had Olympic experience.