Birgit Unterweger

Brief Interview with Popular Players VI

Christine Marie

Canadian Olympian
Rank 2004: #4 Canadian Woman
Forehand Rubber: Mendo Energy Black Max
Backhand Rubber: Anti Red 2.0
Blade: Carbo 7.6
Glue: Energy

Caroline Wersäll

Town/Country: Stockholm/Sweden
Family: Mother Catarina, father Christer, my older brother Claes and my cat “Sivve”
Clubs: Ängby SK
Material: Mendo MP 2.0, Clippa 2.0 + Clipper wood
When did you start to play tabletennis? When I was about 6-7 years old
Best results? I won the Sweden Championship in girls 17 + dubbel girls 20, year 2003. I came 3:rd in a Pro Tour in Spain, 2003.
What is your target in your tabletennis career? number 1 in Europe
Who is the best table tennis player all time? Jan-Ove Waldner + Deng Yaping
What are your strengths as a player? Backhand and playing perception
Improvements? Forehand + my strength
How many hours do you practise each week? 12-15 hours
What are you doing when you are not playing? watching tv, working with the computer, meet friends, shopping
What music do you have in your CD-player right now? Black Eyed Peas feat. Justin Timberlake – Where is the love

Carolin Frey

Date of birth: 08.12.1988
Country: Germany
Family: Mother Elke and Father Helmut
Clubs: DJK Wolframs-Eschenbach
Lives: Wolframs-Eschenbach Bavaria/Germany
Play for: DJK Wolframs-Eschenbach (Suddeutsche Oberliga; Position No. 2)
Wins/loses in the league: win 6 / loses 2 in Suddeutsche Oberliga
Material: blade -Clipper wood; forehand -NEOS Sound Max red; backhand -Innova Premium 2,4mm blk
When did you start to play table tennis: at the age of 9
Best results: 3 times DJK-European champion 2003 for kadetts (single, double and German Team) member of the German Nationalteam for Kadetts; German Vize-champion in Kadett-doubles; several times South-German and Bavarian Champion in single,double and mixed for kadetts
Your goals with your table tennis career: to play in first or second Bundesliga in Germany with my club DJK Wolframs-Eschenbach
Who is the best table tennis player all time: Jan Ove Waldner
What are your strengths as a player: looping with forehand
Improvements: better moving; backhand looping
How many hours do you practise each week: I practise about ten hours a week
What vou are doing when you are not playing: I like to watch movies; to meet some friends and listen to music
What music do you have on your CD player right now: POP or Dance Music

Bryan Michaud

Rank 2004: Canada U-14 #3
Forehand Rubber: Innova Ultra Light Red 2.0
Backhand Rubber: Magna 2.3 Black
Blade: Offensive Wood, FL
Glue: Energy

Birgit Unterweger

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Born: 1985
Country: Austria
Family: father: Werner, mother: Ute, brother: Christian, sister: Uschi
Club: USV Indigo Graz
Material: MAGNA 1,8mm – Allround Classic
When did you start to play tabletennis? September 1994
Results in the league (wins/loses)? 31:11, Second Division
Best results? AUSTRIAN CHAMPIONSHIP (youth) 2003: 3rd place single, 3rd place double.
AUSTRIAN CHAMPIONSHIP (juniors) 2003: 1st place double
Styrian Championship 2002: 1st place single, 1st place mixed double, 3rd place double
Styrian Championship 2003: 2nd place single, 3rd place mixed double, 2nd place double
Styrian Championship (youth) 2002: 1st place single, 2nd place mixed double, 1st place double
Styrian Championship (juniors) 2002: 1st place single, 3rd place mixed double, 1st place double
What is your target in your tabletennis career? I don´t have a certain target, but I always want to improve my position in the league every year.
Who is the best table tennis player all time? Vladimir Samsonov
What are your strengths as a player? Blocking
Improvements? Service & return
How many hours do you practice each week? 6 hours
What are you doing when you are not playing? Inline skating, meeting friends, reading, listening to music, attending school, going to the cinema
What music are you listening to right now? Promises / THE CRANBERRIES
Why I’ve started to play: At the time when my father was still playing table tennis I sometimes accompanied him when he went to training. I found it quite boring to just watch the others and so I started to play myself after a little while.
What I really like concerning table tennis: I like the challenge, that you always have to be concentrated and that you have to fight for every single point.

Benoit Rodrigue

Rank 2004: Canada U-15 #3
Forehand Rubber: Neos sound red 2.0
Backhand Rubber: Innova Premium Black 2.0
Blade: Energy Wood Legend
Glue: Energy

Beate Fritz

Born: 1986
Country: Austria
Family: Johann and Stefanie Fritz
Club: ASVÖ Raika Unzmarkt
Material: Innova and Innova Ultra Light – STIGA Carbon blade
When did you start to play tabletennis? 1993
Results in the league (wins/loses)? I play in the first national league and after the first round I have a result of 4:4.
Best results? 2003: 1st place in Austrian Champions of youth in the singles and 1st place in Austrian Champions of juniors in doubles
Styrian Chmpionship: 1st place in the Woman single, double and mixed double
All in all I have 11 Austrian gold medals!
What is your target in your tabletennis career? Top 10 in the National league.
Who is the best table tennis player all time? Timo Boll
What are your strengths as a player? I have a good backhand and forehand
Improvements? my service and my footwork
How many hours do you practise each week? 6 hours
What are you doing when you are not playing? I run, relax or go to the cinime

Barney Reed

Rank 2004: #3 U.S. Men
Forehand Rubber: Innova Max Red
Backhand Rubber: Innova Max Black
Blade: STIGA Offensive Classic
Glue: Energy

Austin Preiss

Rank 2004: #2 Under 10
Forehand Rubber: Innova red 2.0 mm
Backhand Rubber: Innova black 2.0 mm
Blade: Allround ST
Glue: Energy

Anne Marie

Rank 2004: Canada Youth Women #19
Forehand Rubber: Innova Premium 2.0 red
Backhand Rubber: Innova Ultra Light 2.0 black
Blade:
Glue: Energy

Anders Holm

Country: Sweden
Family: Mother, Father, younger sister and a younger brother.
Clubs: BTK Rekord, Hang Zhou, Falkenberg BTK (current club)
Material: STIGA Clipper wood (Peter) and Mendo MP max
When did you start to play tabletennis? When I was seven years old
Best results? three medals at European youth
Results in the league (wins/loses)? 8-20 (first table)
Who is the best table tennis player all time? Jan-Ove Waldner
What are your strengths as a player? my backhand and my motivation
Improvements? the footwork and the serve
How many hours do you practice each week: 20-30 hours
What are you doing when you are not playing? study and listen to music
What music do you have in your CD-player right now? Whiskeytown

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