Mike Beres has found true love in badminton. His partner in mixed doubles
is in fact his longtime girlfriend Kara Solmundson and the pair
criss-crossed the globe together to compete at 20 tournaments to earn
Olympic qualifying points and gain a berth for the Games.
Beres, who has practiced the sport for 17 years, says their close
relationship has been mostly a benefit rather than an hindrance.
"Being a couple is a key to our success," he said. "We're able to open up
more than a normal team would. That communication means we can improve
quickly and our practicing is very focused. At times we speak our minds to
openly but usually we can take something from that later on."
Beres, also one of Canada's top men's singles players, says the couple has
no immediate plans to get married.
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