London 2012 Olympics: Aaron Cook featured in Olympic Park adverts

By  | The Telegraph | 4:21PM BST 29 Jul 2012

“The British fighter, who took his case for non-selection to court without success, was unavailable for comment on Sunday, but the blunder is further embarrassment after the British Olympic Association showed a huge picture of Cook during a presentation explaining the media guide to British journalists picking up their accreditation for the Games.… Read the rest

London 2012 Olympics: ‘Headhunter’ Jade Jones Aiming High in her Games Taekwondo Bid

Jade Jones - Youth Olympics Games 2010: Jade Jones meteoric rise continues with taekwondo gold

 By Simon Hart

“Jade Jones’s talent is for kicking women in the head — a skill that might not necessarily be an advantage in life were it not for the fact that she is a taekwondo fighter and, at the age of just 18, one of Britain’s hottest prospects for Olympic gold next summer.… Read the rest

Secret to Winning Taekwondo? Try Not to Get Kicked

By Maria Cheng

“For the Iranian competitors, simplicity rules. Whereas for the Taiwanese, it’s grace and accuracy. But for the Europeans, it’s strength and speed. … At this weekend’s British Open in Manchester, regional interpretations of Korea’s oldest martial art are clashing in one of the key taekwondo competitions before the London 2012 Olympics…”

“… The Iranian team boasts three world champions and has top fighters in nearly every category.… Read the rest

No Visa for Afghanistan’s Taekwondo Star

By Maria Cheng

“Taekwondo stars usually have no problem kicking their way out of a problem – except when it comes to getting a visa. … Afghanistan’s fighter Rohullah Nikpai, who won his country’s first Olympic medal at the 2008 Beijing Games, failed to get permission to visit Manchester for the ongoing British Open.… Read the rest

‘Animal’ Jones Targeting Gold

'Animal' Jones wants gold - OLYMPIC GAMES - London 2012

“Jade Jones, by her own admission, can be relentless in pursuit of her ambition, describing herself as a ‘bit of an animal’… Which is precisely why her rivals are more than a little worried about the prodigious teenager’s meteoric rise through the world rankings ahead of next year’s London 2012 Olympics… Just over 12 months ago Jones announced her intentions by winning taekwondo gold at the Youth Olympics in Singapore and then made a seamless transition from juniors to seniors to claim a surprise silver at the World Championships in South Korea earlier this year…”

“… ‘Taekwondo is an up and coming sport and everyone is hoping we do big things in London and we were up there in World Championships with our best-ever performance.… Read the rest

London 2012 Olympics: GB Taekwondo’s door ‘always open’ to Aaron Cook, says Gary Hall

Performance director Gary Hall insists the “door is always open” at Great Britain Taekwondo for Aaron Cook, despite the young London 2012 medal hopeful’s decision to resign from their training set-up earlier this year.

London 2012 Olympics: GB Taekwondo's door 'always open' to Aaron Cook, says Gary Hall

By Telegraph staff and agencies

“It was confirmed in June that Cook, the European -80kg champion and one of the ‘Telegraph 10 for 2012’, had opted to pursue his own schedule rather than the Team GB World Class Performance Programme ahead of next summer’s Olympics… Hall was disappointed by the Dorset-born 20-year-old’s departure but says Cook, who is set to work closely with Team GB again if he makes the cut for London, would be welcome back any time before then if he changes his mind…”
“… Cook will compete in the UK for the first time since quitting the GB programme when he takes part in the British Open at Manchester’s Regional Arena on Oct 1-2…”
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