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SwedishBorn Jan-Ove WALDNER

Swedish table tennis player

Born on October 3, 1965 in Stockholm , Sweden (56 years)

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Waldner's potential was recognized at an early age and was displayed in 1982 as a 16-year-old when he reached the final of the European Championship, losing to teammate Mikael Appelgren. When he was young, he, along with other Swedish players, went to a training camp in China and was amazed by their dedication and claims he learned much during his stay. Waldner now owns a restaurant in China called the "W Bar".

In China, a country that loves table tennis, he is the best-known Swede and a well-known sports personality. In the 1990s he was more recognized in China than Bill Clinton. Waldner is referred to as "the evergreen tree" and "the Michael Jordan of table tennis", and people often flock to see him when he comes.


Waldner has as of 2010 been playing high-level table tennis for some 30 years, unusual in the table tennis world where hand-eye coordination and quick reactions are important. Some young Chinese players that he played recently were trained by those he played in the 1990s, who were in turn trained by others he played in the 1980s.

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