Viet born Howard Bach, representing USA in badminton on how badminton saved his father’s life.
Bach: Right before the Olympics in 2004, my dad was in a coma. He was in Vietnam and the doctor said, “He has a 20 percent chance that he’s gonna live.” Now, my dad is Mr. Badminton. He grew up playing badminton, he always wanted to represent Vietnam but it wasn’t a full medal sport until ’92. So I’m at his bed saying, “Hey Dad, you gotta wake up ‘cause I’m here in the Olympics and I want you to see it.” The doctor told me to keep talking to him. So every day I’m there saying, “Hey! You’ve gotta wake up because I’m gonna be there. I need your advice…” And then he woke up.