With the Summer Olympics in full swing now in Tokyo, you might be watching some of these competitions and wondering: could I do that? Or at least a much less competitive version of that?
The answer is, of course, yes. And many Houstonians engage in many of the sports featured in the Summer Games.
Throughout the Olympics, Houston Matters tells you how Houstonians enjoy – and even compete at the highest level – the sports featured in Tokyo, from Table tennis To archery, To skateboarding and sport climbing, To fencing.
Don’t call it ping-pong: table tennis is a serious sport
Table tennis is an extremely popular Olympic sport in some parts of the world. But, here in the United States, it’s often enjoyed more casually and less competitively – and often under the entirely different name of ping-pong.
To find out more, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen recently visited the Houston International Table Tennis Academy, a major training facility that can be easy to miss, tucked away next to a pizzeria in a mall near Katy.
Archery – An Ancient Living Tradition in Houston
Competitive archery in the Olympics had come and gone at various times throughout the 20th century. But this ancient tradition is certainly alive and well at both the Tokyo Games and the Western Houston Archery, a large retail store just off I-10 in the Memorial District.
There, he met certified instructor James Loesch and his student Meg Basu, a former competitive bobsleigh who learned archery during the pandemic.
Houston skateboarders wonder if Olympic acceptance comes at a cost
While skateboarding has been around for decades and competitions are nothing new, it is new to the olympics, with medals presented for the first time in Tokyo.
Some wonder if the growing global acceptance of sport comes at a price for its roots in rebellion and self-expression. Producer Troy schulze visited a local skate park to find out what skaters in the Houston area think.
And you can root for Houston Jordan Santana at the women’s park skating competition next week.
Sisters show how Houston became a hotbed for fencing (coming August 3)
Houston climbers appreciate the sport’s addition to the Olympics (coming August 5)
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