Badminton Prospects

Howard Bach - Bach and his doubles partner, Kevin Han, finished the 2002 International Badminton Federation season ranked #12 in the world in men's doubles, the highest-ever ranking for the U.S. in badminton.

Bach and Han are considered the United States ' best hope for medaling at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens . Bach now lives and trains at the Orange County Badminton Club in Orange , Calif. , and is currently enrolled at Cal State Fullerton where his is studying business information systems. He is a USA Badminton Development Foundation coach, which is part of the USA Badminton Junior Development Program.

Bach attributes much of his success to his family and their unending support He enjoys fishing, bowling, basketball, skiing, river rafting, playing the guitar, playing video games, driving really fast remote control cars and flying kites in his spare time. Bach began playing badminton at the age of seven at a local YMCA where his Dad played.

Kevin Han  - When Han arrived in New York he had trouble finding a place to play badminton competitively. Finally, after briefly giving up the sport and spending some time as a Chinese food deliveryman, he joined a few clubs and also played with a group based at Colombia University .

Eventually, in order to continue his dream, Han moved to California to permanently train at the Orange County Badminton Club. Han teamed up with former rival Howard Bach to form the best doubles team in the history of U.S. Badminton. Han and Bach have both sacrificed their singles career to join forces because they know together they have a better chance of winning an Olympic medal.

Han earned a bachelors degree in information systems from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 1999. He is married to former badminton player Xiao Hui Shi and they have one child, Ethan.