America's highest ranked female table tennis player will likely be journeying back to her native China to compete in this summer's Olympics. Jun Gao provides some inspiration to those of us born in the late 1960s. She's turning 40 in just a few months and is still knocking off players half her age. The American will have some very tough competition from her Chinese counterparts who occupy the top five positions in the world rankings.
Gao has been a star in the game for decades. She won a silver medal in doubles for China in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and then retired from the game and moved to the US. She was back in action soon enough, however, and has been competing for the US National Team since 1996. She's been to the last several Olympics and has numerous world and national titles.