Between Feb. 9-12, 56 American table tennis hopefuls descended on Cary, N.C., to participate in the U.S. Olympic table tennis trials. The goal? To secure one of eight berths (four for men; four for women) in the North American table tennis trials. Here are some of the best shots.
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Massachusetts native Grant Li prepares to serve. The 17-year-old finished eighth in the field.
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Razvan Cretu tracks the ball through the air before serving on the last day of the table tennis trials. Cretu, who calls Forth Worth, Texas home, finished ninth overall.
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Prachi Jha (right) awaits a serve from 16-year-old Ariel Hsing on Feb. 12. Hsing, one of four women who qualified for the North American trials, finished the tournament with a 9-2 record. Jha finished the tournament in ninth place.
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Timothy Wang (right) hovers above the table before he laces a return in his match against Chance Friend on Feb. 12. Wang, who finished 8-3, was the last male to qualify for the North American trials.
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New York native Michael Landers eyes the ball during a match on Feb. 12. The 2011 U.S. national junior champion finished the tournament in first place to qualify for the North American trials.
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Four-time Olympian Gao Jun reaches for a ball during a match on Feb. 12. The 43-year-old went undefeated during the trials to secure a first-place finish and a berth at the North American trials.
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Adam Hugh (left) and Timothy Wang exchange volleys during a match on Feb. 12. Wang prevailed, but both players qualified for the North American trials.
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After qualifying for the North American trials, (from left to right) Ariel Hsing, Gao Jun, Lily Zhang and Erica Wu celebrate atop the podium.
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The top four on the men's side, (from left to right) Barney Reed, Michael Landers, Timothy Wang and Adam Hugh, celebrate qualifying for the North American trials.
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