USA Taekwondo: Paige McPherson Trying To Capture Gold For The United States

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM - MAY 11: Cha Dong-Min of Korea in action against Sajjad Mardani of Iran during day three of the 20th Asian Taekwondo Championships at Phu Tho Stadium on May 11, 2012 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

Paige McPherson was born in Abilene and will be one of only four Americans competing in taekwondo at the 2012 Olympics. Can she make it all the way to the top in London?

If you're not familiar with taekwondo, you had better get acquainted in a hurry. Paige McPherson of Abilene is competing in the 67 kg women's taekwondo event at the 2012 Olympics in London and will need all the rooting support she can get as she tries to capture the gold medal for the United States.

McPherson trains under Juan Moreno in Florida and will be one of only four United States athletes representing the nation in taekwondo. Her Peak Performance dojang team member in Florida, Terrence Jennings, will also be competing as the lightweight representative.

McPherson is ranked in the top 20 in the world in both welterweight and Olympic welterweight. She will be competing in her first Olympics and definitely has her work cut out for her, but may just be wearing Olympic gold in a few short weeks.

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