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Westchester-trained table tennis champ on the cusp of making the big games in Rio

Sharon Alguetti, 14, is youngest member of US Olympic team

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Most Olympic athletes spend their entire lives training for their individual sport, pouring hours upon hours of their days crafting and honing their skills for competition.

But very few have to work their schedule around study hall.

Not everyone is Sharon Alguetti.

After spending much of his childhood in Israel, Sharon's family settled in Tenafly and train at the Westchester Table Tennis Center.

“I can tell the players are intimidated by him,” Robert Roberts, manager at Westchester Table Tennis says.

Sharon is a member of the 2016 table tennis Olympic team and is on the cusp of seeing Rio.

“It's just amazing you're on the same team as Lebron James, you know?” Sharon says.

“I cannot even describe the excitement and I’m still feeling – it’s like I'm in a dream,” Ayel Alguetti, the young athlete’s father says.

Sharon qualified for this year's national team as the second ranked player under 15 in the country and eighth in the world, according to the official USA table tennis rankings.

“Most players are between 16-25. Some are in their 40s,” Sharon says.

The U.S. and Canada combine teams with 4 players are going to the games giving Sharon 2 months until the April 8th qualifier between countries to drill himself on what's most important: Footwork.

“I've been working on it a lot because that's by weakness,” he says. “A lot of people in the U.S., they have good table tennis (skills), they just don’t work on the footwork as good.”

“He has a killer instinct, he wants it more,” Roberts says.

“I didn't expect him to do it at such an early age, but when I see him playing I understand he can do it,” Sharon’s father says. “He just needs to be not nervous, but he can do it.”

If Sharon does get it done at the North American qualifier, he could be the youngest U.S. Olympian since Michael Phelps in 2000.

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