Vice Sports: America’s Ping Pong Prodigy: The 16 Project (Kanak Jha)

December 27, 2017

Vice Sports: America’s Ping Pong Prodigy: The 16 Projec (Kanak Jha)

When Kanak Jha was 16, he became the youngest American Olympian participate in the Rio Games. Only a year later, he now is considered the top-ranked US Men’s Ping Pong Player. Looking to take that next step in his development and training, the California native recently moved to Grenzau, Germany. Far away from home and with few distractions from table tennis, Kanak looks to perfect his craft and join the company of the game’s elite with his sites set on Tokyo 2020.

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Kanak Jha (born June 19, 2000) is an American table tennis player. He competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the men’s singles event, in which he was eliminated in the preliminary round by Nima Alamian, and as part of the American team in the men’s team event.[1][2]

He was the youngest American athletes to participate the 2016 Olympics and is also the first American born in the 2000s to qualify for the Olympics.[3]

Vice Media LLC is a North American digital media and broadcasting company. Originating from the Montreal-based Vice magazine co-founded by Suroosh Alvi,[7] Shane Smith, and Gavin McInnes (who left the company in 2008),[8] Vice expanded primarily into youth and young adult–focused digital media, including online content verticals and related web series, the news division Vice News, a film production studio, and a record labelamong other properties. In 2015 Vice Media was called “[arguably] a poster child for new-media success—especially when it comes to attracting a valuable millennial audience.”[9]



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