In the United States, we often associate badminton as a sport played casually as summer time rolls along. In international competition however, badminton becomes a lightning-quick and even dangerous sport, as shuttlecocks approach speeds of over 200 miles per hour.
Despite having never won a medal in Olympic play, the U.S. remains hopeful that London 2012 will be the year to get over the hump after reaching the quarterfinals in men’s doubles back in the 2008 Games in Beijing
The U.S. will have two entries in the competition, which starts on July 28 just a day after the Opening Ceremonies.
The notable entry is in men’s doubles, where veterans Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan will compete, while Rena Wang will represent the American women in the singles competition. Here’s the scoop on the red, white and blue’s badminton contingent this summer.