PALO ALTO (CBS 5) — Palo Alto Police Officer Ben Lee has been chosen to coach the 2012 U.S. Badminton Team in the London Olympics this summer.

Lee was the captain of the 1992 U.S. team in Barcelona, the first Olympics in which badminton was a contested sport. He also coached the women’s team at the 2011 Pan American Games, winning two silver and two bronze medals.

When asked if his training in law enforcement helps him to be a more effective coach, Lee told CBS 5: “I think it does. I think the discipline, the mindset of waking up early, training. When you set your mind to something, just be disciplined and stay with that.”

The Olympic badminton competition is scheduled from July 28 to Aug. 5 at Wembley Arena in London.

(Copyright 2012 CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved.)


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