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).
Steve never played Smith either in national competitions or at NYTTF, and had never heard another player speak about him. Steve was also at the 1998 Nationals and never crossed paths with Smith.
Steve took a look at Greg Smith’s tournament history evaluated that Smith could not have won the bronze medal at the Maccabiah games as an adult.
According to Berger, his skill level is not high enough to compete at that level. There is a junior Maccabiah games that Smith could have played in as well.
We approached Maccabi USA to try and get info about Greg Smith, but they have no records. This lines up with him being from South Africa (as he says in the New York Times) and why we needed to check his eligibility for US Nationals with the USATT.
We have questions out to the international Maccabiah officials in Israel as well as to two Maccabiah groups in South Africa. We’ll keep you updated on any info we find and if you have anything that could work, let us know.
Thanks to Steve Berger and Maccabi USA for their help.
Previously in Greg Smith coverage: