First Person: A conversation with Ben Lee | News | Palo Alto Online |

News

First Person: A conversation with Ben Lee

An exclusive, one-on-one interview with the U.S. Olympic Badminton Team coach

Watch video

Ben Lee, the U.S. Olympic Badminton coach and Palo Alto Police Department Patrol Officer, talks with Lisa Van Dusen before heading to London for the 2012 Olympic Games.

In 1992, Lee competed in the Olympics and was the captain of the U.S. Olympic Badminton team. In 2002, he joined the Palo Alto Police Department. On a mission to "put U.S. Badminton on the international map," Lee has never stopped playing and championing the sport since a family friend first put a badminton racquet in his hand at age 11.

Officer/Coach Lee, who is always in motion, reflects on the common denominators of his two passions and what fuels them. U.S. Badminton matches will be take place at Wembley Stadium. Schedules are available athttp://www.nbcolympics.com/badminton/index.html www.nbcolympics.com/badminton.

Interview by Lisa Van Dusen.

What is community worth to you?
Support local journalism.

Comments

Like this comment
Posted by David
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Officer Ben Lee is a credit to the Palo Alto Police Dept. - both for his service as a patrol officer and his willingness to spend hours teaching others the game of badminton.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Stay informed

Get daily headlines sent straight to your inbox.

Los Altos's State of Mind opening NYC-inspired pizza shop in Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 13 comments | 7,817 views

Flying: How much is enough? It's personal.
By Sherry Listgarten | 12 comments | 2,516 views

Wait, wait – we’re working on it
By Diana Diamond | 17 comments | 2,058 views

My Pet Peeves
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 7 comments | 1,600 views

Goodbye toy stores
By Cheryl Bac | 4 comments | 838 views

 

Short story writers wanted!

The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 27, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

Contest Details