A high-intensity game that reaches far beyond the basement of your home where you sometimes play, table tennis is officially classified as an Olympic sport. You may be surprised, wondering how chasing a ping pong ball around a room all day could possibly qualify for the Olympics, but that’s probably only because you haven’t seen the game played at its highest, most entertaining level.

If you’re curious and want to see the action yourself, you’re in luck. The 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Table Tennis will take place in Greater Raleigh’s very own Cary, N.C., from Feb. 9-12. A few months later, the North America 2012 Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament will also be held in Cary in the same venue at Bond Park.

Attending this sporting event will leave you anxious for the 2012 Olympics to begin, so you can continue following your favorite players and see the champion through to the end. Adrenaline Junkies everywhere can step out of their usual sports comfort zone and get a glimpse of a game just as exciting and sometimes as physically involved. This isn’t your childhood ping pong tournament; this is a matching of the best table tennis players in the entire country, and later, in all of North America.

Intrigued? Tickets are on sale now for both events, starting at only $5 for daily tickets and $75 for a VIP Welcome Reception and admission to both trials. The Embassy Suites in Cary will serve as the host hotel for both events, and rooms are available for just $89 a night. For more information on how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity here in Greater Raleigh, visit this site.