Mo Zhang excited to represent Canada at London Olympics.
Mo Zhang is Canada’s top ranked female table tennis player.
Canada’s top-ranked female table tennis player hopes to play better and perhaps create a surprise at the 2012 London Olympic Games this summer.
Mo Zhang is returning to the Olympics for the second time in her young career.
Born in China and living in Ottawa, Zhang is coming off a 2011 season that saw her compete at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico and win gold in the singles event.
Zhang says she started to play table tennis at age six while in China and moved to Canada when she was 13, and since then she has played for the Canadian national team.
“I am very excited to represent Canada,” said Zhang in an email interview from Zhen Zhou in China, where she is currently training.
“I would still like to get better and improve.”
Zhang has won singles gold three times at the North American championships, 2009-11, and gold in women’s doubles in 2006. She has also added three silver medals in the singles event, 2006-08.
“My best result to date is Gold at the Pan American Games last November and fifth place at the World Junior Championships in Cairo, Egypt in 2007 – behind four Chinese players,” she said.
Zhang won her first major international medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro winning silver in the women's team event.
She says following her feelings and being a high performance athlete is what has shaped her into who she is.
Zhang is optimistic she will do better.
“Watch out for me in London,” she said.