Taekwondo: Lutalo Muhammad eyeing glory after selection row

‘The focus will always be a gold medal,’ says Lutalo Muhammad

By Trevor Baxter | Manchester Evening News | August 01, 2012

“Lutalo Muhammad is ready to win the hearts and minds of a nation when he goes into battle for a taekwondo gold medal. … The Manchester-based martial arts expert was controversially chosen ahead of ‘People’s Champion’ Aaron Cook to compete in the -80kg weight division … A sustained media campaign in favour of Gorton-based Cook threatened to ruin the greatest moment in Muhammad’s   career and the unassuming 21-year-old became a figure of hate for social networking trolls.… Read the rest

Taekwondo’s Steven Lopez wants top spot back after ’08 upset

By Vicki Michaelis, Special for USA TODAY

“SUGAR LAND, Texas – Olympic taekwondo champion Steven Lopez had it down to a science. … He pushed his body to unfathomable limits every day in training, driven by his older brother and coach, Jean.… Read the rest

Olympic taekwondo preview

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By Bette Marston, SI.com

“There are several common misconceptions about the Olympic sport of taekwondo. No, it’s not a competition to see who can scream the loudest, even though at competitions, the air is punctuated with competitors’ ‘Ki-haps!’ No, taekwondo is not the same as karate — karate originated in Japan, while taekwondo is from Korea (and the Koreans take immense pride in their national sport, and have said they will be “treated as traitors” if they don’t win four gold medals, like they did in Beijing).… Read the rest

Taekwondo champ Cook gives up fight for Olympics

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Published June 29, 2012 | Associated Press

“LONDON –  Top-ranked taekwondo star Aaron Cook ended his fight for a place on Britain’s Olympic team on Friday and said he is ‘devastated’ he won’t be competing at the London Games. … Cook is the reigning European champion in the 80-kilogram category.… Read the rest

Coach Patrice Remarck behind 3 taekwondo Olympians

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Published June 19, 2012 | Associated Press

“LONDON –  When the taekwondo events kick off at the London Olympics, coach Patrice Remarck will have to multitask. … The Ivory Coast native and former taekwondo champion has at least three athletes from three countries competing in the games.… Read the rest

Taekwondo champion Sarah Stevenson leads list of sporting stars honoured by Queen

Taekwondo champion Sarah Stevenson leads list of sporting stars honoured by Queen

By Simon Hart
“The 28 year-old from Doncaster, who was controversially overlooked in the all-male shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, has been officially recognised after winning the second world title of her career in South Korea in May….”
“…’It’s fantastic to be recognised for the hard work I have put into taekwondo for the past 21 years.… Read the rest

Gold rush for Cook: Reigning British Open champion gets better of Karami

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“Aaron Cook was awarded gold at the Taekwondo test event in ExCeL after his final opponent Ramin Azizov was forced out through injury. … The 20-year-old European under-80kg champion was taking part in his first competition back under the Team GB umbrella since making the decision to leave the Taekwondo World Class Performance Programme.… Read the rest