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Ariel Hsing was a sprightly 10-year-old when she first played Warren Buffett as a surprise for his 75th birthday, soundly trouncing him in table tennis despite his superior experience and home-court advantage.
Things haven't improved for Buffett since then.
On Sunday at Regency Court, Hsing slapped shots cleanly past Buffett and fellow billionaire Bill Gates during a break in her training for the 2012 Olympics in London. She calls them “Uncle Warren” and “Uncle Bill.”
After the two retired to play bridge, Hsing spent more than an hour taking on all comers as part of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s weekend of festivities for shareholders, her third trip to Omaha for the event. It was slim competition compared with the players she defeated this spring to qualify for Team USA's Olympic table tennis squad.
She and teammates Lily Zhang, Erica Wu and Timothy Wang will try for individual, doubles and team medals, which would be the first for the United States.
Hsing seemed in good form Sunday, even after staying up past 2 a.m. to study for a Monday morning advanced placement test for her senior year in high school in San Jose, Calif.
Once the school year is over, Ariel will compete in tournaments in the U.S. and Brazil before heading to England for the Olympics.
Want to impress your friends with some table tennis lingo? Here's a description of her game:
She's a right-handed, two-wing attacker and uses a shakehands grip with the rubber on both sides of her paddle inverted.
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