Kim will be captain of U.S. Olympics team

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By: TOMMY BOWMAN | Winston-Salem Journal
Published: June 30, 2012

“Woo Sup Kim encourages his taekwondo students to work hard and dream big, reminding them that even a goal of reaching the sport’s pinnacle, the Olympic Games, is attainable. … Kim himself now has achieved that goal. … He will represent the United States as captain of the men’s and women’s taekwondo teams at the London Games in August. … ‘This is very special, and I feel very honored,’ said Kim, a Winston-Salem resident who owns and operates businesses in four locations — including Winston-Salem and Clemmons — that offer taekwondo instruction to about 1,400 students. … ‘I’m very excited. To be part of the Olympics is a dream.’ …”

“… Kim, 42, was born in South Korea and began participating in that country’s national sport, taekwondo, when he was 5 years old. … He won three national championships in South Korea and first came to the U.S. as part of a demonstration team. … ‘I was part of a special sparring team in Korea when I was young, in high school and college,’ Kim said. … He moved to the U.S. permanently in 1994, attained the title of taekwondo master and began his instructional businesses. …”

“… As captain of the U.S. Olympics taekwondo team, he will oversee and manage coaches and athletes. The U.S. team members are Terrence Jennings of Alexandria, Va.; Steven Lopez and Diana Lopez of Sugar Land, Texas; and Paige McPherson of Sturgis, S.D. …”

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