Barney Reed, ever heard of him?
He’ll be taking a few days off from his job at Google, Inc. in California to make it out to the Biz Games this year. He’s kind of a big deal. On Thursday, before the singles tournament begins, Barney will be doing an exhibition. Here are some facts about Barney Reed and his history of dominating ping pong:
- To make sure he was ahead of the game, he started playing at the age of 2.
- He’s always competed with his left hand, although he’s naturally right-handed.
- Highest USATT rating is 2751 (average is 1750)
- 7 time US National Team Member
- Made 2012 USA Olympic Team!
- North American Men’s Double Champion
- National Men’s Double Champion
- State Champion in 5 different states
- Maintained a 2500+ rating in 20 years of competitive play
- Played professional as well as trained in Sweden, Germany, Korea, Taiwan, Croatia, China, Japan, just to name a few.
- Table Tennis coach at Google, Inc. from 2013-present
- Coached 2014 Jamaican National Team to Championship Title
If these facts weren’t impressive enough, we’re not done. Here are some of his hollywood appearances:
- Seen in Balls of Fury
- Ping Pong Player
- Featured on The Late Night with Conan O’Brien
- Featured on The Ellen Degeneres Show