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Ariel Hsing: 'I was way too nervous'

After an early loss at U.S. trials, table tennis prodigy Ariel Hsing fought back to earn a spot on the world team -- and learned how to keep her competitors out of her head.

Originally Published: March 16, 2012
By Ariel Hsing | Special to espnW

Ariel Hsing will be blogging for espnW throughout her training for the Olympics in London this summer.

Losing to someone you've never lost to before is the worst. And that's exactly what happened to me at the U.S. trials last month, when I dropped the second match 4-1 to one of my best friends, Erica Wu. I know exactly what happened though. I let her get into my head. It's not just because she put her photo as the wallpaper on my iPad (true story -- she set it when I wasn't looking!). ...

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