Howard Bach

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Howard Bach
Personal information
Country  United States
Born (1979-02-22) February 22, 1979 (age 36)
Ho Chi Minh City
Handedness Right
Men's doubles
BWF profile

Howard Bach is a Vietnamese-American male badminton player from the United States. He was the 2005 world champion in men's doubles with Tony Gunawan.

Olympic medal record
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2005 Anaheim Men's Doubles
Pan Am Badminton Championships
Gold medal – first place 2007 Calgary Mixed Doubles
Silver medal – second place 2007 Calgary Men's Doubles
Gold medal – first place 2001 Lima Men's Doubles
Gold medal – first place 1997 Calgary Men's Doubles
Pan Am Games
Gold medal – first place 2011 Guadalajara Men's Doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Guadalajara Mixed Doubles
Gold medal – first place 2007 Rio de Janeiro Mixed Doubles
Silver medal – second place 2007 Rio de Janeiro Men's Doubles
Gold medal – first place 2003 Santo Domingo Men's Doubles
Silver medal – second place 1999 Winnipeg Men's Doubles

Early life[edit]

He was born in Vietnam on 22 February 1979, Howard Bach came to the U.S. at the age of two, when his father, Cam Sen Bach, emigrated to San Francisco with his family in 1982.[1]

From 1991-1993, he attended Marina Middle School in San Francisco.

When he was five years old, Howard Bach was brought by his father to the Golden Gate YMCA in San Francisco's Tenderloin District. It was here that over the next 11 years, Howard Bach would be coached by his father in badminton. Bach was a 16-year-old student at Galileo High School when he decided to dedicate himself to the sport of badminton.

During his early years, he was also coached and mentored by USA coach of the year, Dick Ng.

At age 16, he moved to Colorado Springs to train at the U.S. Olympic Site.

2004 Olympics[edit]

Bach competed in badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics in men's doubles with partner Kevin Qi Han. They defeated Dorian James and Stewart Carson of South Africa in the first round, then were defeated in the round of 16 by Jens Eriksen and Martin Lundgaard Hansen of Denmark.

2005 World Badminton Championships[edit]

From a modest 13th seeded position Howard Bach partnered with Tony Gunawan to win the final of the men's doubles 15-11, 10-15, 15-11, against the Indonesian pair, Candra Wijaya and Sigit Budiarto. Thus winning the United States's first ever gold at the World Championships.

The Championships were held at the Arrowhead Pond arena in Anaheim, California.

2008 Olympics[edit]

He partnered with Bob Malaythong in Badminton at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, advancing to the quarterfinals - the furthest any American has ever reached. They were defeated by the Chinese pair, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng.

2012 Olympics[edit]

Bach and Tony Gunawan competed in the 2012 London Olympics. They were eliminated during the pool play.

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