Rio Olympics 2016: Post writer tries out Olympic sport of table tennis

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Carlos Frias plays table tennis with coach Jose Gonzalez-Posada (right) at Olympic Heights High School in west Boca Raton. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

To pay honor to the Rio Olympics 2016, we bring back several stories where our Post writer tried out some of the less heard of sports.

In 2012, Post staff writer Carlos Frías set out on his personal pentathlon to discover some of the 2012 Summer Games’ more obscure sports. The Olympic sport feature here: Table Tennis.

An excerpt from the 2012 original story:

At seven tables, the members of the Palm Beach Table Tennis club are already inducing vertigo as they slam iridescent orange balls back and forth at something close to light speed. Well, that’s the way it looks, anyway, for someone who wants to stand in that line of fire.

Jose Gonzalez-Posada knows I’m not ready for that just yet. Playing since he was 14, Gonzalez-Posada, now the man in charge of the club, knows what I need first are lessons. Because my technique is a lot like yours, the average person who plays table tennis at a friend’s house. That is, I have none.

Read the rest of his story and find out more about Carlos’ table tennis skills, read: Carlos takes on a racquet: Slap it, don’t smack it

Here are his previous stories on javelin and archery.