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Mesinee "May" Mangkalakiri

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    May Mangkalakiri qualified for the 2008 Bejing games in Women's Doubles with Eva Lee...Is the daughter of Anukoon and Siriporn "Tim" Mangkalakiri...Has one brother, Nukoon "Nicky" Mangkalakiri...Began playing badminton when a close family friend opened a badminton facility in 1996 and invited her to play...She fell in love with the sport the first time she played it...Was named the United States Olympic Committee's Female Badminton Athlete of the Year in 2001, 2003 and 2005...Earned a Bachelor of Arts Degreee in Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine in June 2006...Graduated from Villa Park High School in Villa Park, Calif. In 2001...Works as a part-time badminton coach at the Orange County Badminton Club in Orange, Calif...Her hobbies include listening to music, playing the piano, watching movies and going to Disneyland with friends...She says the job she is most proud of doing is passing on what she has learned in badminton to the many kids in the U.S. Badminton Development Foundation/Orange County Badminton Club youth badminton group program.


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