Ready for Table Tennis at #BRK2016? Borsheims Champ is!

April 8, 2016

Any Berkshire Hathaway shareholder who has been a part of Sunday’s festivities at Borsheims probably can tell you the name of an Olympic Table Tennis player.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett concede their table tennis match to Olympian Ariel Hsing during the 2015 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders weekend.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett concede their table tennis match to Olympian Ariel Hsing during the 2015 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders weekend.

Ariel Hsing has been attending the shareholders weekend for years as a special guest of Warren Buffett. She even spends a few hours on Sunday outside Borsheims playing table tennis against Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and any other shareholder brave enough to take her on.

And she doesn’t lose.

But there are always several table tennis enthusiasts who try to beat her each year. This year, Borsheims held an in-house tournament to see if one of our own can defeat an Olympian at her own game.

Check out the winner’s slow-mo winning shot!

That ping pong pro is Borsheims Systems and Network Engineer, Tommy Luong. Here’s what he says about how he learned table tennis:

 

“The first time I picked up a paddle was around age 9 or 10. We lived in California at the time. My father had just laid down tons of concrete in our humongous backyard (Do-It-Yourself project that took forever). When we were finally done, although it looked nice, it felt like a big empty parking lot. So we christened all that flat concrete with a ping pong table. I learned how to play from my dad and practiced with my Uncles. Played a lot up until high school and then I stopped. Didn’t play again till a few years ago when I found out our church had a table. Now every time I pass by a pong table I feel the need to play it…can’t resist a good slam.”

Tommy’s pretty good – but he’ll need to practice quite a bit to beat Ariel Hsing! Look for the match-up Sunday, May 1, outside of Borsheims. Ariel will play Warren Buffett (and likely Bill Gates) first, around 1pm – and then take on any others who dare including Tommy. If you want to join the fun, just get in line Sunday afternoon. We provide the paddles, balls, and Olympian! Share This

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One Response to “Ready for Table Tennis at #BRK2016? Borsheims Champ is!”

  1. Alexander says:

    This is awesome!
    Way to go, Tommy!