The list of Olympic sports in which the United States has never won a medal is short: badminton, team handball and table tennis. But with some luck, 16-year-old Ariel Hsing hopes to take the last one off.
A rising high school junior in San Jose, Calif., Hsing is the highest-ranked in a trio of teenage athletes who have earned a reputation as the
next generation of American table tennis. The other two, Lily Zhang, 16, and Erica Hu, 15, also hail from Silicon Valley, where Chinese immigrants attracted by the technology boom have carried their cultures' appreciation of table tennis with them.