Daryl Sterling Jr. – Game Master

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I almost forgot about this!

One day, someone shot me a message and said they saw me in the UCSD Alumni Magazine…in print! When I did the interview, I didn’t even know people read the magazine that were from my generation — I just did it because I thought it would be fun. But, not only did people see it, they liked it! I think it came out well. Take a look. Here’s an excerpt »

Game Master. Daryl Sterling Jr., Warren ’01, isn’t like most professional athletes. When he was eight years old, he lost a leg, following a car accident, and he never played sports growing up. Then in his 20s, he discovered his love of table tennis. And despite numerous challenges, Sterling has been a professional table tennis athlete since 2009, touring such countries as Romania, Italy and Argentina.

See the full story here.

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Boy Gets Prosthetic Hand Made by 3-D Printer

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Back when I used to work at the San Diego Supercomputer Center in 2001, I’ve seen 3D printers in action. Back then, they didn’t make things out of plastic or metal, they made things out of layers of fine powder. Since then, 3D printers have come a long, LONG way! They can make things out of rigid plastic and metal good enough to make working machinery out of them. But what’s really amazing is that people are now releasing models for things that can be made on 3D printers for free so that people can make some pretty amazing do-it-yourself things from home. Here’s the best example I’ve seen yet!

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Fox 5: Real life ‘Forrest Gump’ hopes for spot on U.S. Paralympic team

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It’s fixed!

The gracious folks at Fox 5 fixed the link on their site that lead to the TV spot Troy Hirsch did on me a while back. Here are some of the highlights:

Daryl Sterling Ping Pong“Their reaction is either ‘can you beat Forrest Gump?  Are you Forrest Gump?’” Sterling said with a chuckle.

He’s not Forrest Gump, but Sterling just might be able to beat the fictional character from the 1994 movie, despite the fact that Sterling has just one leg.

“I saw he had the love for table tennis that I have,” said Sterling’s coach Angelita Rosal-Bengtsson.

“So I asked him, ‘What are your goals?’ He said he wanted to be on the Paralympic team and I was like, ‘Whoa! That’s an awesome goal,’” said Rosal-Bengtsson.  “I said, ‘If you’re that serious, I think we can help you, but you have to lose 50 pounds.’”

Sterling started to workout and said he has lost nearly 50 pounds.

“Back then, I didn’t even use a crutch when I played,” Sterling said. “I hopped around. So, it was extremely tiring. I couldn’t even last more than a game and a half. I’d have to sit down.”

Sterling overcame the endurance challenges. He won his first international gold medal last August at the Brazilian Open.


Read the full story on the Fox 5 website by clicking here.

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About Me

My name is Daryl Sterling Jr. and this is a website dedicated to my table tennis career. More specifically, my ongoing journey to the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. If you would like to be a fan on Facebook, click here. If you'd like to donate to my mission, click here!

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