We’re trying to find out as much as possible about Greg Smith, the Goldman Sachs employee who resigned very publicly with a New York Times OpEd in which he calls the firm “toxic” but lists winning a bronze medal in table tennis among his greatest achievements. If you have any info about him, his ping pong game, or the bronze medal send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, give us a call at (646) 481-8861, or find us on facebook or twitter (@ttnation).
We have some new information on Greg Smith from a variety of sources.
We were unsure if this could be the Greg Smith we were looking for as this says he participated in the 1998 US Nationals. Usually to participate in Nationals, you are required to be a US Citizen, but Smith says in his New York Times OpEd that he was from South Africa and got a full scholarship to go to Stanford, so we called up the USATT.
The USATT told us that those with student visas (which Smith would have needed coming from South Africa to attend Stanford) can enter the tournament for non-Championship events (Smith could not have been the American Champion but could participate in Nationals events to increase his rating). The 1998 Nationals were by far Smith’s best event in his USATT run when he went 12-3 which included a win over Tim Boggan (14-21, 21-18, 21-18) who was a part of ping pong diplomacy and is in the Table Tennis Hall of Fame.
After speaking with a Stanford alum who is “in-the-know” we confirmed that the dates above coincide with Smith’s time at Stanford, where he graduated in 2001 with a degree in economics. For those of you counting back the 12 years that his New York Times OpEd noted he spent at Goldman, remember that he said he did a summer internship with the firm. Based on our knowledge of Goldman’s hiring processes, it is fair to say this was the summer of 2000, the summer before his senior year at Stanford.
The ratings on the site, ranging from 1855 to 1983 line up with our earlier account of Smith’s actual skills, especially when considering that the last tournament he played in with the USATT was in December of 1998 and the earliest our eyewitness could have seen him was in the summer of 2000 (when Smith was interning for Goldman Sachs).
We’re trying to get anything we can about Greg Smith and his ping pong game, help us out if you have any info.
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