Highlight of Asian Americans in the 2012 London Olympics

Ariel Hsing

By Keen Hung Lee

Ariel Hsing is an Asian American table tennis player. In 2010, at age 15, Hsing became the youngest U.S. table tennis national champion in history. She held her championship title in 2011 as well. She was born in Fremont, California on November 29, 1995. Hsing’s tennis career started at age seven when her parents could not find a babysitter one night and decided to bring her to the Palo Alto Table Tennis Club with them.

Lee Kiefer

Lee Kiefer is an Asian American, part Filipino fencer who shared a bronze in Women’s foil at the 2011 World Fencing Championship. At the 2012 London Olympics, she was placed 5th after losing to Arianna Errigo in the quarter final, 15-10. Kiefer is the youngster member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic fencing team, and was the only fencer in the world to achieve podium finishes at the Senior, Junior, and Cadet World Championships in 2011.

Tamari Miyashiro

Tamari Miyashiro is an Asian American indoor volleyball player, who entered the Olympic Games in London for the first time. Since 2012, Miyashiro has played on the United States Women’s National Volleyball team, and she was a two-time National Defensive Player of the Year at the University of Washington. Miyashiro was born on July 8, 1987 in Honolulu, Hawaii where she grew up. Miyashiro attended the University of Washington in Seattle after graduating from Kalani High School. In 2009, she graduated with a degree in interdisciplinary visual arts. She is of Japanese, Chinese, Hawaiian, Irish, and German descent.


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