, 3 October 1965).
Swedish Table Tennis Federation. ITTF
. is a Swedish table tennis
player. He is known as "the Mozart
of table tennis"Bishop, G. (August 23, 2008). The New York Times
.Clarey, C. (August 23, 2004). International Herald Tribune
. and is a legend in his native Sweden
as well as in China
. In China he is known as 老瓦 Lao Wa - "Old Wa(ldner)" or 常青树 Chang Qing Shu - "Evergreen". He is widely considered to be the greatest player of all time.
Waldner's potential was recognized at an early age and was displayed in 1982 as a 16-year-old when he reached the final of the European Championship, losing to teammate Mikael Appelgren
. When he was young, he, along with other Swedish players, went to a training camp in China and was amazed by their dedication and claims he learned much during his stay.In China, a country that loves table tennis, he is the best-known Swede and a well-known sports personality. In the 1990s he was more recognized in China than Bill Clinton. Waldner is referred to as "the evergreen tree"," Michael Jordan of Table tennis" and "Old Wald", and people often flock to see him when he comes.
As of 2010, Waldner has been playing... Read More