First Place at the U.S. Olympic Trials by Michael Landers


I’m happy to report that I earned my spot on the United States Olympic Team by finishing in first place out of a twelve-man round robin this past weekend! This qualifies me for the next and final stage of the Olympic Trials, which will be against Canada in April.

On top of that, I’ll be going to the World Team Championships in Dortmund, Germany. Even though I feel like I’m so close to achieving my goal of becoming an Olympian, I know that there is still a long way to go and I can’t look back now. My schedule for the next two months is pretty packed in order to prepare for the upcoming tournaments. In 11 days, I’m headed back to the TopSpin Club in California for a few weeks to prepare for the World Championships. Then, I’ll fly to Frankfurt and meet up with the rest of the Men’s team to have some pre-worlds training in Grenzau, Germany.

After finishing the World Championships, I’ll fly back to San Jose for another few weeks of training there. Finally, after a few weeks, I’ll fly back to New York and pack my bags for the final stage of the Olympic Trials in Cary, North Carolina. The next few months are going to be difficult, but I’m sure that I’ll get through them and perform my best at both tournaments.

Wish me luck!

Michael Landers

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