Jan-Ove Waldner

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Jan-Ove Waldner
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Personal information
Full name Jan-Ove Waldner
Nationality  Sweden
Born (1965-10-03) 3 October 1965 (age 49)
Stockholm, Sweden
Playing style Shakehand grip

Jan-Ove Waldner (Stockholm, 3 October 1965)[1][2] is a Swedish table tennis player. He is known as "the Mozart of table tennis"[3][4] and is a legend in his native Sweden as well as in China.[3] In China he is known as 老瓦 Lao Wa - "Old Wa(ldner)" or 常青树 Chang Qing Shu - "Evergreen Tree".

Biography[edit]

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[3] 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" and "Old Wa", and people often flock to see him when he comes.

He received the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 1992.

As of 2012, Waldner has been playing international elite level table tennis for 30 years, which is unusual in the table tennis world where hand–eye coordination and quick reactions are essential factors. Some young Chinese players that he has recently played against are trained by those he played against in the 1990s, who were in turn trained by others he played against in the 1980s.

He is one of seven active table tennis players to have competed at the first five Olympics since the sport was introduced to the Games in 1988. The others are Swede Jörgen Persson, Croatian Zoran Primorac, Belgian Jean-Michel Saive, Hungarian Csilla Bátorfi, Serbian-American Ilija Lupulesku, and German Jörg Roßkopf.

In 2010 Waldner won his ninth Swedish championship against Pär Gerell, born the same year Waldner became Swedish champion for the first time.

He played for TTC Rhön-Sprudel Fulda-Maberzell in the German Bundesliga until May 2012. In May 2012 Stefan Frauenholz, Fulda-Maberzell's President, confirmed that Jan-Ove Waldner finished his contract with the club. Timo Boll: "Was yesterday's match against us the last one for Jan-Ove Waldner?" referring to the Bundesliga semifinal between Borussia Düsseldorf and Fulda-Maberzell. This ended his career at the international elite level, at the age of 46 years.[5][6]

He is one of four male players in the history of table tennis to achieve a career grand slam (World Champion and World Cup winner in singles, Olympic gold medal in singles) (in 1992). The others are: Liu Guoliang, China (in 1999), Kong Linghui, China (in 2000) and Zhang Jike, China (in 2012).[7]

When it comes to Olympic singles medals he is still (after the 2012 Olympics) the leader of the scoreboard, with one Gold and one Silver medal.


In 2012 he started playing for Spårvägens BTK

Equipment[edit]

Rubbers: Donic Blue Fire JP01 Turbo on FH, Donic Acuda S1 On BH

Blade: Waldner Senso Carbon V1.

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World championships[edit]

  • 1983 Silver medal in team competition
  • 1985 Silver medal in team competition
  • 1987 Silver medal in single, silver medal in team competition
  • 1989 Gold medal in single, gold medal in team competition
  • 1991 Silver medal in single, gold medal in team competition
  • 1993 Bronze medal in single, gold medal in team competition
  • 1995 Silver medal in team competition
  • 1997 Gold medal in single (21-0 in games), silver medal in double
  • 1999 Bronze medal in single
  • 2000 Gold medal in team competition

Olympic Games[edit]

  • 1988 Final 8 in single, final 8 in double
  • 1992 Gold medal in single, first round in double
  • 1996 Final 16 in single, final 8 in double
  • 2000 Silver medal in single, final 16 in double
  • 2004 Fourth in single, final 8 in double

European Championships[edit]

  • 1982 Silver medal in single
  • 1984 Silver medal in double
  • 1986 Gold medal in double, gold medal in team competition
  • 1988 Gold medal in double, gold medal in team competition
  • 1990 Gold medal in team competition
  • 1992 Silver medal in double, gold medal in team competition
  • 1994 Silver medal in single, silver medal in team competition
  • 1996 Gold medal in single, gold medal in double, gold medal in team competition
  • 2000 Gold medal in team competition
  • 2002 Gold medal in team competition

Swedish Championships[edit]

  • 1981 Gold medal in double
  • 1982 Gold medal in double
  • 1983 Gold medal in single
  • 1984 Gold medal in single
  • 1986 Gold medal in single, gold medal in double
  • 1987 Silver medal in double
  • 1989 Gold medal in single, silver medal in double
  • 1991 Gold medal in single, gold medal in double
  • 1992 Gold medal in double
  • 1993 Silver medal in double
  • 1994 Silver medal in single, gold medal in double
  • 1996 Gold medal in single
  • 1997 Gold medal in single, silver medal in double
  • 1999 Gold medal in double
  • 2006 Gold medal in single
  • 2010 Gold medal in single

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Svenskar i världen (Swedes in the World), Spring edition 2005, Swedish magazine.
  1. ^ Jan-Ove Waldner profile. Swedish Table Tennis Federation
  2. ^ Biography of WALDNER Jan-Ove. ITTF.
  3. ^ a b c Bishop, G. (August 23, 2008). A Swedish face for China’s beloved sport. The New York Times.
  4. ^ Clarey, C. (August 23, 2004). For 'table tennis Mozart,' few high notes. International Herald Tribune.
  5. ^ Table Tennista Europe
  6. ^ Fulda-Maberzell web site, retrieved 19 July, 2012
  7. ^ "Sport Olympics 2012: table tennis". The Guardian (London). 2 August 2012. Retrieved 03-08-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ "Spårvägens BTK men's team in the 2012/13 season". 

Jan-Ove “Evergreen” Waldner – Table Tennis Legend. Game Tables Online

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Pernilla Wiberg
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
1992
Succeeded by
Torgny Mogren