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U.S. Olympic Team for London 2012

U.S. Olympic Team for London 2012

ATHLETES
Terrence Jennings

Weight Division: under 68kg
Age: 25
Hometown: Alexandria, Va.
Trains in: Miami, Fla.
Coach: Juan Moreno
World Rankings as of 2/1/12: 16th (featherweight); 23rd (Olympic feather)

Awards
– 2011 USAT Male Athlete of the Year
– Competed in track for two years in high school…enjoys watching Taekwondo movies…favorite foods are chicken and pasta…prior to competition eats pasta, fruit and water…favorite athlete is Michael Jordan…favorite movie is Bad Boys 2…favorite country visited for competition is Brazil.

Competition Record:
2012  Olympic Team Member (-68kg)
2012  Olympic Trials Finals (-68kg): 1st
-lost to Mark Lopez, 2-1, in overtime
-def. Mark Lopez, 1-0

Diana Lopez

Weight Division: under 57kg
Age: 28
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas
Coach: Jean Lopez
World Rankings as of 2/1/12: 18th (featherweight); 28th (Olympic featherweight)

-Played volleyball for three years in high school…enjoys shopping, going to the beach, volleyball, working out and playing cards with the boys…watches TV reality shows like Dr. 90210 (‘because Dr. Rey is a black belt in Taekwondo”), Unsolved Mysteries, Forensic Science and Court TV…her three older brothers have achieved great success in Taekwondo: Jean won a silver medal at the 1995 World Championships; Steven is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion; and Mark has won three World Championship medals including a gold in 2005…Diana, along with Steven and Mark, became the first three siblings in any sport to win World Championship titles at the same event when they achieved the feat in 2005 at the World Taekwondo Championships in Madrid, Spain (they were coached by oldest brother Jean)…in addition to her mother’s Latin cooking, Diana enjoys a good chicken-fried steak with mashed potatoes and corn, as well as sushi and Thai food…before a competition she eats a bagel with cream cheese and some apple juice…her favorite athlete (besides her brothers) is Jackie Joyner Kersee…favorite movies are Click, Dumb and Dumber, and foreign films…loves music so much that her IPod has a mix of Oldies, 80’s, Alternative and more…lists Garmisch, Germany, as her favorite place visited for a competition. “You could see the mountains, trees and pond from my window at the hotel. It was beautiful!”

Awards:
-2008 USA Taekwondo Female Athlete of the Year
-USA Today Olympic Athlete of the Week (April 8, 2008)
-2006 USA Taekwondo Female Athlete of the Year
-2005 USA Taekwondo Female Athlete of the Year
-USA Today Olympic Athlete of the Week (April 19, 2005)

Did You Know?: After finishing her undergraduate degree, Diana would like to pursue a master’s degree in education. “Education is a very important aspect of my life and something I try to balance with my athletic career. One day I also would like to be a coach for the Junior & Senior National Team.”…she would also like to run a marathon and do a triathlon one day.

Quotable Diana Lopez: “I enjoy being the center of attention and providing a little comic relief for the team, usually at my expense. I have an innate ability to provide a 3rd-grade joke at a whim.”

Competition Record:
2012  Olympic Team Member (-57kg)
2012  Olympic Trials Finals (-57kg): 1st
-def. Danielle Holmquist, 3-1

Steven Lopez

Weight Division: under 80kg
Age: 33
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas
Coach: Jean Lopez
World Rankings as of 2/1/12: 16th (welterweight); 23rd (Olympic welterweight)

– Likes to read self-help books, listening to all kinds of music, dancing and playing other sports…older brother, Jean, is a two-time Pan American Champion and a silver medalist at the world championships. He is currently U.S. National Team head coach and 2008 U.S. Olympic Team head coach…younger brother, Mark, and younger sister, Diana, are also National Team members and 2005 world champions…favorite foods are his mother’s home cooking, Chili’s molten chocolate cake, and Vietnamese cuisine…the day before a competition he eats chicken with rice and veggies, then the day of competition he usually eats peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a piece of fruit…favorite athlete is Muhammad Ali…favorite movies are Braveheart and Forrest Gump…enjoys Latin music and hip hop…lists Croatia as his favorite country visited for competition.

Awards:
-Named in the 100 Influentials of 2008 by HispanicBusiness.com

Did You Know?
. Won his fifth consecutive World Championships title at the 2009 World Taekwondo Championships in Copenhagen.
• All of his siblings are at the world elite level: Jean, Mark and Diana.  Steven, Mark and Diana made history when they each won gold at the 2005 World Taekwondo Championships, becoming the first three siblings in any sport to claim World Championship titles at the same event.
• His coach is his older brother Jean.
. Named 2005 USA Taekwondo Male Co-Athlete of the Year along with brother Mark.
• Dreams of all his siblings being on the same Olympic Team.
• Biggest motivation is watching his siblings and wanting to follow in his older brother Jean’s footsteps.
• Began taekwondo at age five when his brother Jean started.  They used to train in the family’s garage.

Competition Record:
2012  Olympic Team Member (-80kg)
2012  Olympic Trials Finals (-80kg): 1st
-def. TJ Curry, 4-3

Paige McPherson

Weight Division: under 67kg
Age: 21
Hometown: Sturgis, S.D.
Trains in: Miami, Fla.
Coach: Juan Moreno
World Rankings as of 2/1/12: T-52nd (lightweight); 9th (welterweight); 13th (Olympic welterweight)

Awards:
– 2009 Outstanding Female Athlete at USAT National Championships
– 2008 Chris Canning Award of Excellence winner
– 2007 Outstanding Female Athlete at Senior National Championships

Graduated from high school in January 2009…hobbies include dance, snowboarding and volleyball…favorite foods are Classic cheeseburgers and milkshakes, her mom’s lasagna and mashed potatoes…eats pasta before a competition…favorite movies are “My Fair Lady” and “You Got Served”…listens to anything Hip-Hop or R&B.

Did You Know?: Paige was adopted when she was four days old…she takes seven dance classes per week…she is a communicant member of Grace Reformed Church (RCUS).

Quotable Paige McPherson: “I will continue to train hard in Taekwondo. The Lord has gifted me with this talent and I will not waste it.”

Competition Record:
2012  Olympic Team Member (-67kg)
2012  Olympic Trials Finals (-67kg): 1st
-def. Nia Abdallah, 5-4

COACHS


Jean Lopez, Age: 38, Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas


Juan Moreno, Age: 41, Hometown: Miami, Fla

(Source=USA Taekwondo)

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