Badminton

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    Oct 09, 2008 6:12 AM GMT
    Does anyone else here play badminton competitively? I used to compete until I came here in college in the US. It's really hard to maintain my performance because no-one here plays well, it's even hard to find the real badminton equipment!

    I really hope that more Americans get to know more about badminton as a competitive sport rather than just grandma's backyard game. Also it's really frustrating when someone gives me this weird smile when I say "I play badminton".

    Please if you have the same frustration, let's chat and spread out the word icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 09, 2008 3:48 PM GMT
    I do... (well i used to back in the UK), one of our gay badminton groups had 2 teams in the local league and there are loads of gay European 'social' tournaments that take place throughout the year, so I used to go to quite a few. I will get back into it when i return to London at the end of next month, but i do understand that in the US, it is not widely played at all and believe me many people say they play and then it's as you describe it - nothing more than "grandma's backyard game".

    BTW if you get the chance to travel to Europe then check out http://www.gaysport.org/ as they have a calendar of sports events including badminton......and it will be played at both Outgames in Copenhagen next year http://www.copenhagen2009.org and the Gay Games in Cologne in 2010 http://www.games-cologne.de/en

    Good luck in promoting in the US... but it may prove to be an uphill struggle if you cannot even get the right equipment!!!!!
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    Jan 03, 2009 4:25 AM GMT
    I am absolutely passionate about badminton icon_smile.gif
  • Freddo

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    Jan 03, 2009 4:28 AM GMT
    You guys too? Wow, I was beginning to think I was the only one on this site that loved the sport that much! Awesome.
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    Jan 03, 2009 4:52 AM GMT
    Badminton was the one sport not involving egregious bodily injury that I was good at as a child. I am the only person I know who loves to play, so it makes it very difficult.
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    Jan 29, 2009 3:12 AM GMT
    I just had a series of games against girls on the school's team... I'm exhausted.
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    Jan 29, 2009 3:22 AM GMT
    I love badminton. I'm part of a club at my university that meets a couple of times per week.

    We don't have a varsity team however icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 29, 2009 3:23 AM GMT
    Yeah, sweet. Funny thing is with my school all the guys think they can school the girls (we have only girls badminton) and today I saw how good the ladies actually are.
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    Jan 29, 2009 5:09 AM GMT
    Hey fellas!! I found this random facts about badminton on a website, check it out!

    - The official game of Badminton was born in a stately home in Gloucestershire, England, home of the Duke of Beaufort.

    - Badminton is the Fastest Racket Sport with shuttle clocking speed in excess of 200 mph.

    - The best shuttlecocks are made from the feathers from the left wing of a goose.

    - The International Badminton Federation (IBF) was founded in 1934 with nine members and now has over 150 members.

    - The IBF is now headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    - Badminton was introduced into USA in the 1890s and became popular in the 1930s.

    - Badminton is the second most popular sport in the world, after soccer.

    - Badminton is an Olympic Sport played first in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

    - More than 1.1 billion people watched the 1992 Olympic Badminton competition on television.

    - Only 3 countries have won the Thomas Cup since it's inception in 1948: Malaysia, Indonesia and China.

    - Only 4 countries have won the Uber Cup since its inception in 1956: USA, Japan, China and Indonesia.
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    Jan 29, 2009 5:19 AM GMT
    MuscleLuke saidI just had a series of games against girls on the school's team... I'm exhausted.


    You should play with me, I'll make you run around 5 miles icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 29, 2009 5:20 AM GMT
    Additional facts about Badminton:

    - It's for total wimps

    - Real men never go near it

    - The general public laughs at those who play it
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    Jan 29, 2009 11:28 PM GMT
    Why on earth would you come into this thread to shit all over it?

    But anyway, do you gents know of any Badminton community sites? I would love to play with some folks once the weather becomes more agreeable.
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    Jan 30, 2009 4:27 PM GMT
    There is a gay badmintion league in Toronto. My partner played in it for a year. He loves the sport because it involves quick movement and smashing the birdie. I play against him at our cottage, but I don't have his reflexes or his hand-eye coordination, so the result is the same as when I play tennis against him (ie I never win).
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    Jan 30, 2009 4:58 PM GMT
    I was played in HS and College and also in Los Angeles in my spare time.

    I would to find a someone to Play in Atlanta but I have yet to find a partner.

    Love, love love it!icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 30, 2009 5:24 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidWhy on earth would you come into this thread to shit all over it?

    But anyway, do you gents know of any Badminton community sites? I would love to play with some folks once the weather becomes more agreeable.


    Because bitter people like to make comments whenever they can; must be hard to be a Nobody.

    Back to the subject, it was fun when I played it in the Philippines; problem was that it the birdie got stuck in the roof. Even little kids are not going to climb unstable roof tops to get one stupid thing.

    We just continued on with rocks! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 30, 2009 6:46 PM GMT
    I have a badminton tournament in my school tomorrow! Wish me luck guys! icon_smile.gif
  • TallGWMvballe...

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    Jan 30, 2009 11:57 PM GMT
    I have a friend moving to Los Angeles in a few months that plays competitive Badmitton in Canada (I assume he is really good) and is looking for clubs or other places to play in LA; can anyone help?
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    Feb 17, 2009 8:12 PM GMT
    withHonor said
    MunchingZombie saidWhy on earth would you come into this thread to shit all over it?

    But anyway, do you gents know of any Badminton community sites? I would love to play with some folks once the weather becomes more agreeable.


    Because bitter people like to make comments whenever they can; must be hard to be a Nobody.

    Back to the subject, it was fun when I played it in the Philippines; problem was that it the birdie got stuck in the roof. Even little kids are not going to climb unstable roof tops to get one stupid thing.

    We just continued on with rocks! icon_biggrin.gif



    withHonor, do you know any places to play in Los Angeles?
    Anyone?
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    Feb 17, 2009 8:27 PM GMT
    Red,

    That was a terrible thing to say. Have you ever played do you know how totally fit you have to be to play!

    I for take offense to your comments sir, I agree with Zombie how dare you enter thread and crap on it like that!icon_evil.gificon_evil.gificon_evil.gif
    When did you get to decide what a "REAL MAN" is?

    I am doffing in the exuberance of your extreme ignorance!

    Man alive!
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    Mar 28, 2009 1:24 AM GMT
    I like it, I don't play it competitively though

    Everyone at here plays badminton lol.

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    May 01, 2009 4:45 AM GMT
    I'm a competitive player and I compete nationally but I'm not really out so I don't want to be too specific as I'm a little paranoid.
    Anyone follow pro badminton?

    That would be insane if I could talk badminton... with gay guys lol.

    Here are some pro players and pictures:
    Fu Hai Feng (jump smashing) along with Cai Yun. They're a doubles team from China and Fu currently holds the fastest clocked smash somwhere in the 340's (km/h).
    CaiFu001.jpg

    Peter Gade is one of the relatively few Europeans to crack the world's top five in men's singles. He was world number one by his early twenties and is currently somewhat of a veteran at 29 or 30. He's Danish.

    PeterGade3.jpg

    Kenneth Jonasson is one of my favorites because he's not the typical build of a men's singles player (which is 5 10 - 6 3 and lean). His game is unique and he is a grind king... one of the fittest players on the circuit.
    JONASSEN%20Kenneth02%20jpg.ashx



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    May 28, 2009 4:03 PM GMT
    Hi,I'm looking for someone to play badminton with,I live downtown toronto...let me know u r interested...thanks.
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    Aug 17, 2009 10:45 PM GMT
    yea i play it pretty seriously. i mean, im not that amazing, but i can put up one hella of a rally and game. icon_biggrin.gif

  • Nov 11, 2009 9:25 PM GMT
    I'm from Asia, where badminton is obviously a much bigger deal than it is in the US. I played competitively in school as well!
    But yeah, when I headed over to the US for college, I found that there isn't really much interest here in the game, which is a pity!
    Badminton provides a pretty intense cardio workout, if I do say so!
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    Nov 11, 2009 9:26 PM GMT
    Freddo saidYou guys too? Wow, I was beginning to think I was the only one on this site that loved the sport that much! Awesome.
    RIGHT! OMG Dude its like one of my most favorite...I LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!