San Jose Teen Table Tennis Player Makes Impact At Olympic Games

SAN JOSE (KCBS) — A high school student from San Jose has surprised the world with her table tennis skills at the Olympic Games in London.

16-year-old Ariel Hsing, a student at Valley Christian High School, upset former world champion Ni Xia Lian in the second round over the weekend. In the third round, Hsing narrowly lost to Li Xiaoxia, who is ranked second in the world.

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Hsing has been playing since she was 8-years-old and has trained for years at the ICC Table Tennis Center in Milpitas. At Valley Christian, staffers knew the incoming senior was a force to be reckoned with.

KCBS’ Betsy Gebhart Reports:

Eddie Moore, the school’s Alumni and Community Relations Coordinator, said he was bursting with pride as he watched Hsing on TV and online.

“Not only is she a great table tennis player and a great representative of Valley Christian, she’s an excellent student. She’s very hard working. She epitomizes a Valley Christian student and we’re very proud of that,” Moore said.

Hsing hopes to attend Stanford University and she may also become a big threat in the 2016 Olympics.

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