LONDON, England — Jean Lopez, the 38-year-old coach of the USA Olympic Taekwondo team, sits on an exercise ball in the middle of the blue and red acrobatics room on a Sunday morning at the University of East London SportsDock training center. He lightly bounces up and down on the ball while playing with an [...]
Team USA held an open practice Friday, Aug. 3 at the University of East London. The following pictures show the Lopez family and Paige McPherson in action.
From ballet slippers to black belt, Olympian Paige McPherson has sacrificed a lot in her life to be a member of the 2012 Taekwondo Olympic Team. McPherson is a 21 year old who moved from Sturgis, South Dakota to Miami Florida to train with Juan Moreno for the team Peak Performance Miami. This is the [...]
As the Olympics began, athletes, teams and fans of Team USA united as one family. For the USA Taekwondo team, however, their family goes much deeper. Blood deep. USA competitors Steven Lopez, Diana Lopez, Coach Jean Lopez, and alternate Mark Lopez share more than just a last name. They are a Taekwondo family. They have [...]