“No regrets”: Taekwondo star Stevenson bows out after first round defeat

On the attack: But Sarah Stevenson lost out to Paige McPherson in her first round bout

Team GB medal hope was understandably philosophical after her first round exit at London 2012
By Agency Staff

“Sarah Stevenson said there were ‘no regrets’ for after she suffered a first-round defeat in the London 2012 women’s under-67kg taekwondo event at ExCeL.

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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

UK picks Sarah Stevenson for Olympic taekwondo

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Published June 01, 2012
Associated Press

“LONDON –  British taekwondo officials on Friday picked Sarah Stevenson for the Olympic team at the London Games even though the world champion has not competed for months due to knee injury. … Stevenson, 29, won a bronze at the Beijing Olympics and has twice won the world championships in the 67-kilogram division.… Read the rest

Olympic Taekwondo Event Raises Funds for CCMC

“The Olympic Taekwondo Academy’s Kicking for Miracles charity event Sunday raised $3,429.53 for the CT Children’s Medical Center. More than 500 boards were broken by members of the community, as well as Olympic Taekwondo Academy students and masters. … Olympic Taekwondo Academy owner Master Kiye Cho said the event stemmed from the responsibility of taekwondo students to be good citizens and help those in need.… Read the rest

Students Use Their Kicks to Stop Cancer

By Joseph Wenzel IV

“The Olympic Taekwondo Academy will hold its first ever Kick-A-Thon to raise money for the St. Jude Research Hospital on Saturday. … A person can pledge a set amount for each kick. Then, the person will pay that amount multipled by the number of times a student kicks a bag in one minute.… Read the rest

Olympic Taekwondo Ditches Sport’s Traditions

“… Taekwondo’s governing body rewrote the rules last year to award fighters more points for head shots. Since then, many of the best players now often throw fancy spinning and jumping kicks that were once seen only occasionally. … Some taekwondo purists say the changes have gone too far and argue the Olympic-style fighting bears no resemblance to the martial art’s origins in Korea.… Read the rest