|Halim Haryanto Ho|
23 September 1976 |
Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||75 kg (167 lb ; 11.9 st)|
Halim Haryanto Ho (born 23 September 1976 in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia) is a former professional Badminton men's doubles player from Indonesia. He is a former World Champion and All England Champion along with his doubles partner Tony Gunawan. Haryanto immigrated to the United States of America in 2004 to pursue a coaching career. He now resides in Milpitas, California, coaching at Eastbay Badminton Association in Emeryville, California and representing the United States as a badminton player of Team USA.
Halim Haryanto Ho was born in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia on 23 September 1976 to Hadimulya Ho and Ana Wun. Haryanto began playing badminton at the age of 8. He graduated from West Java, Indonesia High School in 1994 and joined the Indonesia National Badminton Team in 1995, specializing as a men's doubles player. He is currently married to Jeanny N. Ho, whose father is Hariamanto Kartono, silver medalist at the 1980 IBF World Championships and gold medalist of the All England, Indonesian Open, and Thomas Cup. Together they have two daughters, Gabriella Ho and Graciella Ho. Amongst his hobbies are basketball, swimming, watching James Bond movies, and That '70s Show. He also became a certified massage therapist in 2006. After living in the United States for seven years, Haryanto gained his U.S Citizenship on 19 August 2011.
From 1995 to 2004 Haryanto played for the Indonesia National Badminton Team with various partners before immigrating to the U.S in fall of 2004 to pursue a career as a badminton coach. In those 9 years he played for Indonesia, he enjoyed his most success with fellow countryman and now U.S citizen, Tony Gunawan. He won his first ever gold medals at the 1998 Malaysia Open and Brunei Open in men's doubles with Tony Gunawan. That year he was also the bronze medalists at the Badminton Asia Championships. In 2001 he won the bi-annual International Badminton Federation World Championship as well as the 2001 All England Championship in men's doubles with Tony Gunawan. They also won the 2001 Singapore Open that year as well. The Singapore Open would be the last international badminton tournament that Haryanto and Gunawan would compete in together under the PBSI.
After the Singapore Open, Haryanto was paired up with Tri Kusharjanto as a part of the Indonesian 2002 Thomas Cup team. They eventually won the 2002, winning their final round match against Malaysia in men's doubles. Near the end 2002 Haryanto began coaching the Indonesian Junior National Badminton team at the SGS Badminton Club in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. In 2003 Haryanto was paired up with Candra Wijaya, Olympic gold medalist at the 2000 Summer Olympics in men's doubles with Haryanto's previous partner, Tony Gunawan. Their short-lived partnership won them the Copenhagen Masters in 2003 before Haryanto resigned from the Indonesia National Badminton Team and moved to the United States in October 2004.
2004 – present
After moving to the United States he procured a job as a badminton coach at Bay Badminton Center in Burlingame, California, while maintaining international presence. In 2005 Haryanto paired up with his former partner, Tony Gunawan (who moved to the United States as well), and won the 2005 Chinese Taipei Open, 2005 Bitburger Open, and the U.S. Open later in 2006. Since then, Haryanto has competed in and several won national level titles including the international level U.S Open as a representative of the United States. Haryanto is also a legendary coach, achieving Level 4 Certified High Performance Coach of USA Badminton, the highest coaching status in the United States. He was also a part of the 2011 United States Pan American Games Badminton Team that competed at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. He is currently working as a badminton coach at Eastbay Badminton Association in Emeryvile, California.