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Howard Bach (born 22 February 1979) is a Vietnamese-American male badminton player from the United States. He was the 2005 world champion in the men's doubles with Tony Gunawan.

Howard Bach
Personal information
Country  United States
Born (1979-02-22) 22 February 1979 (age 39)
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Residence Orange, California, United States
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Handedness Right
Men's doubles
Highest ranking 9 (5 August 2010)
BWF profile

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Early lifeEdit

He was born in Vietnam, Howard Bach came to the U.S. at the age of two, when his father, Cam Sen Bach, emigrated to San Francisco with his family in 1982.[1] From 1991–1993, he attended Marina Middle School in San Francisco. When he was five years old, Howard Bach was brought by his father to the Golden Gate YMCA in San Francisco's Tenderloin District. It was here that over the next 11 years, Howard Bach would be coached by his father in badminton. Bach was a 16-year-old student at Galileo High School when he decided to dedicate himself to the sport of badminton. During his early years, he was also coached and mentored by USA coach of the year, Dick Ng. At age 16, he moved to Colorado Springs to train at the U.S. Olympic Site.

CareerEdit

2004 OlympicsEdit

Bach competed in badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics in men's doubles with partner Kevin Han. They defeated Dorian James and Stewart Carson of South Africa in the first round, then were defeated in the round of 16 by Jens Eriksen and Martin Lundgaard Hansen of Denmark.

2005 World Badminton ChampionshipsEdit

From a modest 13th seeded position Howard Bach partnered with Tony Gunawan to win the final of the men's doubles 15-11, 10-15, 15-11, against the Indonesian pair, Candra Wijaya and Sigit Budiarto. Thus winning the United States's first ever gold at the World Championships.

The Championships were held at the Arrowhead Pond arena in Anaheim, California.

2008 OlympicsEdit

He partnered with Bob Malaythong in Badminton at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, advancing to the quarterfinals – the furthest any American has ever reached. They were defeated by the Chinese pair, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng.

2012 OlympicsEdit

Bach and Tony Gunawan competed in the 2012 London Olympics. They were eliminated during the pool play.

AchievementsEdit

World ChampionshipsEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2005 Arrowhead Pond,
Anaheim, United States
  Tony Gunawan   Candra Wijaya
  Sigit Budiarto
15–11, 10–15, 15–11   Gold

Pan American GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Multipurpose Gymnasium,
Guadalajara, Mexico
  Tony Gunawan   Halim Ho
  Sattawat Pongnairat
21–10, 21–14   Gold
2007 Riocentro Sports Complex Pavilion 4B,
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  Bob Malaythong   Mike Beres
  William Milroy
20–22, 13–21   Silver
2003 UASD Pavilion,
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  Kevin Han   Pedro Yang
  Erick Anguiano
15–5, 15–3   Gold
1999 Winnipeg, Canada   Mark Manha   Brent Olynyk
  Iain Sydie
17–15, 8–15, 6–15   Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Multipurpose Gymnasium,
Guadalajara, Mexico
  Paula Obanana   Toby Ng
  Grace Gao
11–21, 21–19, 14–21   Bronze
2007 Riocentro Sports Complex Pavilion 4B,
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  Eva Lee   Mike Beres
  Valerie Loker
21–19, 21–16   Gold

Pan Am ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2001 Lima, Peru   Kevin Han 3–7, 1–7, 8–6   Bronze

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 Calgary Winter Club,
Calgary, Canada
  Bob Malaythong   Mike Beres
  William Milroy
13–21, 19–21   Silver
2001 Lima, Peru   Kevin Han   Keith Chan
  William Milroy
7–0, 7–1, 7–3   Gold
1997 Winnipeg Canoe Club,
Winnipeg, Canada
  Kevin Han   Mike Edstrom
  Chris Hales
15–10, 15–7   Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 Calgary Winter Club,
Calgary, Canada
  Eva Lee   Mike Beres
  Valerie Loker
21–18, 21–17   Gold

BWF SuperseriesEdit

The BWF Superseries has two levels: Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, introduced in 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Singapore Open   Tony Gunawan   Fang Chieh-min
  Lee Sheng-mu
14–21, 15–21   Runner-up
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand PrixEdit

The BWF Grand Prix has two level such as Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007. The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 U.S. Open   Tony Gunawan   Ko Sung-hyun
  Lee Yong-dae
9–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2009 U.S. Open   Tony Gunawan   Jürgen Koch
  Peter Zauner
21–12, 21–9   Winner
2008 U.S. Open   Bob Malaythong   Halim Haryanto
  Raju Rai
21–14, 21–19   Winner
2007 U.S. Open   Bob Malaythong   Tadashi Ohtsuka
  Keita Masuda
18–21, 11–21   Runner-up
2004 Dutch Open   Tony Gunawan   Thomas Laybourn
  Peter Steffensen
15–8, 15–7   Winner
2004 U.S. Open   Tony Gunawan   Mathias Boe
  Carsten Mogensen
15–5, 15–7   Winner
2002 U.S. Open   Kevin Han   Tony Gunawan
  Bob Malaythong
15–11, 7–15, 7–15   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 U.S. Open   Eva Lee   Alvin Lau
  Jiang Xuelian
21–13, 21–12   Winner
2007 U.S. Open   Eva Lee   Keita Masuda
  Miyuki Maeda
21–19, 11–21, 19–21   Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF & IBF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1998 Miami International   Kevin Han 10–15, 1–15   Runner-up

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2012 Peru International   Tony Gunawan   Adrian Liu
  Derrick Ng
13–21, 21–13, 21–9   Winner
2011 Peru International   Tony Gunawan   Adrian Liu
  Derrick Ng
21–10, 21–9   Winner
2008 Canadian International   Bob Malaythong   Keishi Kawaguchi
  Naoki Kawamae
15–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2007 Irish International   Bob Malaythong   Michael Fuchs
  Roman Spitko
21–15, 21–17   Winner
2007 Norwegian International   Bob Malaythong   Mikkel Delbo Larsen
  Jacob Chemnitz
21–15, 21–11   Winner
2007 Miami Pan Am International   Bob Malaythong   Mike Beres
  William Milroy
18–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2006 Canadian International   Bob Malaythong   Mike Beres
  William Milroy
16–21, 21–19, 12–21   Runner-up
2005 U.S. International   Tony Gunawan   Mike Beres
  William Milroy
15–1, 15–2   Winner
2005 SCBA International   Tony Gunawan   Raju Rai
  Bob Malaythong
1–0 Retired   Winner
2004 Peru International   Kevin Han   Rodrigo Pacheco
  Guillermo Perea
15–7, 15–11   Winner
2003 Brazil International   Kevin Han   José Antonio Crespo
  Sergio Llopis
15–6, 11–15, 10–15   Runner-up
2003 Guatemala International   Kevin Han   Keita Masuda
  Tadashi Ohtsuka
6–15, 12–15   Runner-up
2001 Brazil International   Kevin Han   Guilherme Pardo
  Ricardo Trevelin
15–5, 15–6   Winner
2001 Southern Pan Am Classic   Kevin Han   Tjitte Weistra
  Pedro Yang
5–7, 7–0, 7–0   Winner
2000 Peru International   Mark Manha   Ma Che Kong
  Yau Tsz Yuk
6–15, 6–15   Runner-up
2000 Canadian International   Mark Manha   Ma Che Kong
  Yau Tsz Yuk
15–13, 3–15, 15–17   Runner-up
1999 Guatemala International   Mark Manha   Bryan Moody
  Brent Olynyk
15–7, 8–15, 15–12   Winner
1999 Jamaica International   Mark Manha   Bobby Milroy
  William Milroy
15–8, 10–15, 15–11   Winner
1999 Peru International   Mark Manha   Mario Carulla
  José Antonio Iturriaga
17–14, 15–6   Winner
1998 Mexico International   Mark Manha   Ryan Miglin
  Ben Wu
Walkover   Winner
1998 Guatemala International   Mark Manha   Ryan Miglin
  Ben Wu
15–6, 15–8   Winner
1998 Slovenian International   Mark Manha   Chris Davies
  Matthew Hughes
15–3, 15–5   Winner
1998 Miami International   Kevin Han   Andy Chong
  Mathew Fogarty
15–5, 15–12   Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 Irish International   Eva Lee   Wouter Claes
  Nathalie Descamps
21–10, 21–13   Winner
2007 Miami Pan Am International   Eva Lee   Mike Beres
  Valerie Loker
17–21, 23–21, 20–22   Runner-up
2006 Canadian International   Eva Lee   William Milroy
  Tammy Sun
21–19, 21–15 {  Winner
2005 U.S. International   Eva Lee   Bob Malaythong
  Mesinee Mangkalakiri
13–15, 12–15   Runner-up
1998 Miami International   Cindy Shi   Andy Chong
  Barbara McKinley
15–6, 15–11   Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament

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