Badminton player Howard Shu pushes a weight sled designed to help improve his speed and explosive power on the court. Shu, 25, of Anaheim, Calif., will be the sole U.S. men's singles player in badminton at the Olympics. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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More Than Birdies And Backyards: This Olympian Will School You On Badminton

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Referee Torsten Berg tried to get players from Indonesia (near court) and South Korea to try their hardest during this match at the London Olympics. The format gave some teams an incentive to lose — in order to get easier opponents in upcoming matches. That format's being changed. Adek Berry /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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BWF Referee Torsten Berg, center, urges Indonesia's Greysia Polii, center, and Meilana Jauhari, bottom right, and South Korea's Ha Jung Eun, back right, to play fairly in their women's doubles badminton match during the London 2012 Olympic Games in London on Tuesday. Adek Berry /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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