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Unlikely duo of table tennis players, Derek Nie and Klaus Wood, train together

Unlikely duo of table tennis players, Derek Nie and Klaus Wood, train together

Derek Nie and Klaus Wood might not become two of the best table tennis players in the world, but Jan-Ove Waldner and Jorgen Persson did, and they trained together, too, so in the back office of the Maryland Table Tennis Center, Larry Hodges' discourse on late-20th-century Sweden doesn't actually sound all that out of place.

Persson, the less accomplished of the Swedish duo, won one world individual title, in 1991. Waldner, just over a year older, won two, in 1989 and 1997, and became the "Mozart of table tennis," widely considered the greatest player of all time. Waldner was "pushed every step of the way" by the competition back home, Hodges...

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