Jasna Fazlić

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Olympic medal record
Women's Table tennis
Bronze 1988 Seoul Doubles

Jasna Rather born Jasna Fazlić, born December 20, 1970 in Foča, Bosnia and Herzegovina, then part of SFRYugoslavia is former Bosnian-American table tennis player who played for Yugoslavia and then for United States, competing on four Olympics: in Seoul 1988 Summer Olympics, Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympics, Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics, and Athens 2004 Summer Olympics respectively.[1]

Olympics participation[edit]

In 1988 she won the bronze medal for Yugoslavia in the women's doubles together with Gordana Perkučin. Four years later she competed as an Independent Olympic Participant. In 2000 and 2004 she participated for the United States.

Private life[edit]

From 1992 to 1997 she was married to Ilija Lupulesku. After separating from Lupulesku in 1996, she played in Japan for a short while, then moved to the United States. In the US she began using her maiden name, Fazlić, but people kept pronouncing it "phallic". Her then-boyfriend, American player Barney Reed, suggested that she change her last name to "Reed", and she did - although they were never married and are no longer dating.[2] Jasna got married on August 20, 2009 to William H. Rather IV, and changed her last name to Rather.

Coaching[edit]

As of 2009 she is the Head Table Tennis Coach at Texas Wesleyan University. Since the inception of the table tennis program at Texas Wesleyan University, the team has brought back to Texas 38 out of the possible 52 collegiate national titles in team, singles and doubles events.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=oly&id=1775492 ESPN article
  2. ^ http://www.tabletennisdayton.com/pages/ttinfo/whackyworld.html interview with Reed