Asian American Olympians of the 2012 Summer Olympics (London)

Tony Gunawan

By Keen Hung Lee

Tony Gunawan is a former Olympic medalist and world champion for Indonesia who now represents the United States for playing badminton. He played for Indonesia from 1992 to 2001, winning many international titles. He coached and played for USA since 2001. In 2000, he won a gold medal in men’s doubles at the Olympic Games in Sydney. In 2001, he won a gold for Indonesia at the World Championships in Spain. In 2005, Gunawan and his partner Howard Bach won the men’s doubles title at the World Badminton Championship while representing the United States. Gunawan reunited with Bach to represent Team USA at the Olympic Games in London after he obtained his citizenship in 2011. Gunawan was born on April 9, 1975 and he is Indonesian-born of Chinese descent.


Sandra Uptagrafft

Singaporean-born Sandra Uptagrafft represented the United States in the women’s 25-meter sport pistol and 10-meter air pistol events at the 2012 Summer Olympic games. Uptagrafft joined her husband, Eric, who made his second Olympic appearance as a member of the U.S. rifle team. She placed 28th place in women’s 25-meter sport pistol. Uptagrafft is a Petty Officer 1st Class in the United States Navy Reserves and is also a Microsoft certified systems engineer.


Rena Wang

Rena Wang is an American badminton player who competed at the 2012 Olympics in the women’s singles event. Wang’s partner is her sister, Iris Wang, who has played and won in competitions with Rena. However, Irish was not selected to participate in the Olympic trials. In 2011, Wang won the Peru International badminton championships in women’s singles. Wang is from Southern California, and is currently majoring in biology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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