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  1. presents TableTennisDaily Podcast #1 - Kristian Karlsson

    Hey everyone!

    On our very first episode we are joined by guest, current and two time Swedish National Men's Champion Kristian Karlsson. Kristian currently sits at 47 in the world and plays for French pro A side Pontoise Cergy the current French National Champions and 2014 European Champions League winners. Kristian also holds a European doubles silver medal which he won playing alongside Swedish compatriot Matthias Karlsson. In this episode Kristian talks about what it was like growing up in Sweden as a table tennis player and being mentored by table tennis legend Jorgen Persson from an early age. We also discuss his current training, diet and conditioning. We discuss a few hot topics like the new plastic balls and Japanese 12 year old sensation Harimoto and his thoughts on the current state of European table tennis. We also talk about what it was like for him playing doubles with the China's world number 2 Fan Zhengdong and Fan's "brutal honesty" be sure to check that bit out.

    Enjoy the show.



    Breakdown of the podcast

    0.00- 3.29: Kristian talks about how he got into table tennis.
    4.37 - 5.48: Kristian describes his relationship with Jorgen Persson
    5.50 - 6.38: Kristian talks about Champion’s League final win
    7.43 – 10.08: Current training methods
    11.12 – 13.28: Kristian talks about service practise and shares a couple of tips on the reverse serve.
    14.10 – 15.51: Strength and conditioning questions
    15.53 – 18.13: Kristian talks about the plastic ball and how its changed the game
    21.37- 22.54: Kristian talks about what it was like to play doubles with Fan Zhengdong and about Fan’s critique on his play
    23.00 – 24.00: Kristian shares a really useful tip on how to deal with nerves before a match
    26.08 – 26.49: Ma Long vs Zhang Jike
    21.19 – 30-21: we briefly discuss Japanese 12 year old sensation Harimoto
    35.15 – end: Quick-fire questions and a few personal interests

    Be sure to follow Kristian Karlsson on Twitter and Facebook.

    We would like to thank Kristian for giving us the time out of his very busy schedule to talk to us. Hope you guys enjoy and be sure to like and share this episode and subscribe on YouTube. We would also love to hear your feedback on what you enjoyed about this episode and any ideas you might have for episodes in the future.

    If you would like to save or listen to the podcast on itunes, search TableTennisDaily in the itunes store.

    Thanks for listening!

  2. GREAT!!! I've really enjoyed!!!! THANKS!!!

  3. Awesome interview Dan

  4. perhaps it could be possible to write his interview in this topic ? (with questions and answers)

  5. Boost or no boost? Hehe

  6. Quote Originally Posted by violoniste18
    perhaps it could be possible to write his interview in this topic ? (with questions and answers)

    why should they do that? you can just listen to it! Great stuff Dan, keep em comin!!
    I suck real bad so I train to suck less

  7. Well I guess this explains a lot about the Tenergy photos that has been discussed here
    Don't hesitate. If you want to reach your goal, just go for it!

  8. Thanks for the great comments guys, glad you enjoyed the podcast.

    Quote Originally Posted by violoniste18
    perhaps it could be possible to write his interview in this topic ? (with questions and answers)
    We will try to do this for you

    Quote Originally Posted by Ilia Minkin
    Boost or no boost? Hehe
    Haha got to be done

  9. Great! maybe next time you speak a little about the table tennis youtube scene

  10. Great!! Such a good initiative. Looks forward for more!

  11. Pure, unadulterated awesomeness!
    Well done

    But, but, but... Karlsson to Butterfly?!
    Nooo! :-/

  12. Quote Originally Posted by brabhamista
    Pure, unadulterated awesomeness!
    Well done

    But, but, but... Karlsson to Butterfly?!
    Nooo! :-/
    Why is that negative? Better to use Tenergy and be sponsored by Butterfly, than to use Tenergy and be sponsored by Stiga...

  13. Quote Originally Posted by Dan
    We will try to do this for you
    great ! I agree it's too fast for me ... I have'nt learned english at school and started working it seriously but alone just one year ago. So I can only be reading for now.

    I think it could be usefull too for english people because reading spend less time than looking at a video ?

  14. Quote Originally Posted by Anders
    Why is that negative?

    Because Butterfly is now sponsoring virtually every single up-and-coming young player on the TT scene.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anders
    Better to use Tenergy and be sponsored by Butterfly, than to use Tenergy and be sponsored by Stiga...

    I'm afraid I don't understand the logic of that statement at all. Why would the rubber you play stipulate which sponsor is better for you?
    With that logic "Better to use Clipper and be sponsored by Stiga, than to use Clipper and be sponsored by Butterfly..." would be equally true. But it isn't. It's just equally illogical.

    I also don't quite see what's wrong with mixing blade and rubber manufacturers as a player. I do, you do and I see no reason why this would be a hindrance to a pro player either. Heck, most of them do already and some of them even have blades that carry replaced handles.

    Sponsorship is less about what you play and more about how much they pay.
    Right now Butterfly mops up all new talent and I don't see how one company dominating to that degree can that be good for table tennis in the longer run. That's the reason why I think this is a negative thing.

  15. Quote Originally Posted by brabhamista

    Because Butterfly is now sponsoring virtually every single up-and-coming young player on the TT scene.


    I'm afraid I don't understand the logic of that statement at all. Why would the rubber you play stipulate which sponsor is better for you?
    With that logic "Better to use Clipper and be sponsored by Stiga, than to use Clipper and be sponsored by Butterfly..." would be equally true. But it isn't. It's just equally illogical.

    I also don't quite see what's wrong with mixing blade and rubber manufacturers as a player. I do, you do and I see no reason why this would be a hindrance to a pro player either. Heck, most of them do already and some of them even have blades that carry replaced handles.

    Sponsorship is less about what you play and more about how much they pay.
    Right now Butterfly mops up all new talent and I don't see how one company dominating to that degree can that be good for table tennis in the longer run. That's the reason why I think this is a negative thing.
    I believe you have to consider the ethical perspective.. If you are sponsored by a company that states in public that you are using their rubber, then it's kinda uncool to actually use a different brand than your sponsor. Therefore I state that it's better to use what Stiga pays you to use, or change sponsor so that you get paid for what you actually are using.

  16. Excellent podcast - well done.

    But here's a few minor quibbles. Why have you got a US announcer? It sounds really cheesy.

    Regarding the actual interview, you asked if he did much multi ball. He said 'Not a lot.' I would have liked a very important follow-up question - 'Why not?' Also, boosting was only touched on in the quick-fire questions. Surely this controversial topic deserves at least two minutes of discussion.

    Anyway, I look forward to the next one. Good luck.

  17. Quote Originally Posted by MJB999
    Excellent podcast - well done.

    But here's a few minor quibbles. Why have you got a US announcer? It sounds really cheesy.

    Regarding the actual interview, you asked if he did much multi ball. He said 'Not a lot.' I would have liked a very important follow-up question - 'Why not?' Also, boosting was only touched on in the quick-fire questions. Surely this controversial topic deserves at least two minutes of discussion.

    Anyway, I look forward to the next one. Good luck.
    Hi, Mj

    Thanks for the feedback. Sorry you don't like the announcer but its just a bit of fun. So maybe just don't listen to that part next time ??
    With regards to the your other points sorry we didn't expand on these two issues but glad you enjoyed the other content. We are still learning and your feedback is important as it helps us see where we can improve.

    Regards,
    Tom

  18. Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Jeffcott
    Hi, Mj

    Thanks for the feedback. Sorry you don't like the announcer but its just a bit of fun. So maybe just don't listen to that part next time ??
    With regards to the your other points sorry we didn't expand on these two issues but glad you enjoyed the other content. We are still learning and your feedback is important as it helps us see where we can improve.

    Regards,
    Tom
    Thanks for replying, Tom. Don't worry - I can bear the announcer for 2 seconds. I still think, however, you should ask the 'booster question' to every player that you interview. But don't mix it up with the film/music trivia quickies - it's far too important.

    Cheers
    MJB.

  19. Well done. interesting and fun. Which Stiga blade did Kristian use before he changed to Butterfly?

  20. Quote Originally Posted by VicVoc32
    Well done. interesting and fun. Which Stiga blade did Kristian use before he changed to Butterfly?
    A Clipper Wood, as far as I know.
    Maybe he will keep playing it and and just change the handles like a lot of other players

    But seriously and out of sheer curiosity, if he does change to a Butterfly blade which one would he most likely pick? Which one is a decent replica of the Clipper Wood?

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