Two new and interesting faces in USA Team

The United States Olympic Team is defined. The stars and stripes nation will be one of the few countries with 4 representatives: Steven Lopez, Diana Lopez, Paige McPherson and Terrence Jennings.

There’s not much to say about the Lopez siblings, they are well known and maybe the most relevant thing is that Mark Lopez didn’t qualify, a great athlete that was left out.


Let’s talk about the new faces of the US team:


Terrence Jennings and Paige McPherson.



Paige McPherson:


In reality, she is not a rookie and she demonstrated this by beating Nia Abdallah (silver medalist in the Athens Olympic Games) at the qualifiers.


There are many other interesting things about Paige McPherson:


Her home is in Sturgis, South Dakota but she was born in Abilene, Texas. She currently lives in Miami, Florida and trains under the direction of Juan Moreno.


Her most relevant triumphs are: Silver at the Pan-American Qualifiers 2011, Silver in the Pan-American Games 2011, US national champion in 2009, gold at Pan-American Championships 2008, National Champion in 2008, Junior Pan-American Champion in 2008.


You would have to read one of her quotes to know more about this girl:


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


Paige is the fourth of five siblings (all adopted) and come from two different races: Korean and African American. One of her siblings is Korean and his adoptive parents thought that he should practice Taekwondo because this was the national sport of his country. Paige always wanted to follow in his brother’s footsteps and that is how she got involved in the sport that will now take her to the Olympics.



Terrence Jennings:


Was born in Alexandria, Virginia. Jennings assisted North Virginia Community College and this allowed him to be part of the US National Collegiate team from 2007 to 2009. Terrence has been competing internationally since 2003 and has been a member of the U-24 national team, won gold in the Collegiate Games in 2009. He also won bronze in the University Games in 2009. In the Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Jennings acquired the bronze medal and took ownership of the bronze in the Pre-Olympic in Queretaro securing a spot for the United States in London 2012.


His beginnings in Taekwondo began when he was 12 and was a fan of the Ninja Turtles. Now with a spot in the Olympics, Terrence dreams of a medal for his country, to be the owner of his own Taekwondo School, having a magnificent competition team and to one day be the coach for the United States National Team.



By Mariana and Aldo Prado for masTaekwondo Team






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