Connie Sweeris, Ping-Pong Diplomat

A 1971 table tennis competition between the U.S. and China laid the groundwork for a foreign relations breakthrough

In April of 1971, at the invitation of the Chinese government, a nine-person United States table tennis team visited China for a series of exhibition matches. (Associated Press)

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Do you still keep in touch with your 1971 teammates?

I see a few of my 1971 teammates that are alive a couple of times a year at major table tennis tournaments that I attend. We also have had Ping-Pong diplomacy reunions in China a few times. It is always nice to see everyone and talk about what is going in their lives now. We were a very diverse group of table tennis players from all over the United States that made history together! It has bonded us in a unique way forever.


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