Howard Shu

  • Birth Place: Los Alamitos, California, United States
  • Profession: Badminton player
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Fast Facts

  • A first-generation American, with family roots in Taiwan and China.
  • Started playing badminton at age 8 when his father, a former Taiwanese badminton player, put a racket in his hand.
  • Passion to succeed at badminton came at age 10 when he lost in his first tournament to the top junior and was insulted by the winner's mother; felt vindicated 14 years later when he won the 2014 Adult National Championship in Boston and was congratulated by the same player, who witnessed his victory.
  • Won four international gold medals in 2015 (Botswana, South Africa, New Caledonia, Nigeria).
  • Took home a bronze medal at the 2015 Pan American Games.
  • Was USA's sole badminton men's singles player at the 2016 Olympics in Rio; he failed to medal.
  • Collects sneakers, especially Jordans and other Nike shoes, with over 100 pairs in his collection.

Relationships

  • Jack Shu — Brother

College

  • University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States (BS in Business Economics, 2013)

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