Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Police Officer Coaching US Badminton - Ben Lee

When he's not patrolling for the Palo Alto Police Department, Ben Lee is coaching the US Badminton Team.  In January he was officially chosen to coach Team USA at the 2012 London Olympics!  In fact, he got the call while on-duty as a Police Officer.

Ben competed as the captain of the US Badminton Team in Barcelona (1992) - when he was hitting the birdie 180 MPH!  He has now gone on to lead a Badminton Academy in Fremont, CA.  And he has big goals for the US program, saying he "would like to see the US become a badminton powerhouse."

Ben says his work as a Police Officer has made him a better Coach.  He was recently asked if his training in law enforcement helps.  He said, "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."

Go Team USA!!

The badminton team plays from July 28 - Aug 5 at Wembley Arena, here's the schedule

And you can see Ben talk about it first-hand, right here...

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