Steven Lopez

Taekwondo

  • 2000
  • 2004
  • 2008
  • 2012

Height: 6-3
Weight: 185
Coach: Jean Lopez
High School: Kempner High School
Twitter: @stevenlopeztkd
WTF World Ranking as of 9/1/12: 18th (-80kg)

Awards:
-2009 USAT Male Athlete of the Year
-Named in the 100 Influentials of 2008 by HispanicBusiness.com

Favorite books are 48 Laws of Power and the Bible...was one of People Magazine's "50 Hottest Most Eligible Bachelors"...favorite TV shows are The Big Bang Theory, Millionaire Matchmaker and Pawn Stars...20-time National Team member...the day before a competition he eats chicken with rice and veggies, then the day of competition he usually eats peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a piece of fruit...favorite athlete is Muhammad Ali...favorite movies are Braveheart and Forrest Gump.

Competition Record: 
2014  USA Taekwondo National Team Trials (men’s welter): FIRST
2014  U.S. National Team member (Welter)
2014  U.S. Open (Sr. Welter): GOLD

2013  U.S. National Team Member (Welter)
2013
 U.S. National Team Trials (Welter): 1st
2013  WTF World Taekwondo Championships (Welter): Quarterfinal
          -def. Waldeck Defaix (TAH), 13-0, in Round of 64
          -def. Oussama Oueslati (TUN), 7-1, in Round of 32 
          -def. Juan Sanchez (PUR), 3-1, in the Round of 16 
          -lost to Rene Lizarraga (MEX), 8-5, in the Quarterfinal
2013  WTF Grand Prix Final (men’s -80kg): Quarterfinal

2012  Olympic Games (-80kg): 11th
            
-lost to Ramin Azizov (AZE), 3-2, in Round of 16
2012  Olympic Team Member (-80kg)
2012
  Olympic Trials Finals (-80kg): 1st
            -def. TJ Curry, 4-3

2011  Pan Am Olympic Qualifier (-80kg): SILVER (qualifies division for 2012 London Games)
          -def. Angel Roman (PUR), 6-5, in Quarterfinals
          -def. Sebastien Michaud (CAN), 3-0, in Semifinals
          -lost to Sebastian Crismanich (ARG) by withdrawal in Finals


2010 
2012 Olympic Team Trials 1 (Light/Welter): 1st
2010  U.S. National Team Member (Welter)

2009  World Taekwondo Championships (Welter): GOLD
2009  U.S. National Team Member (Welter)
2009
  U.S. National Team Trials (Welter): 1st

2008  U.S. Olympic Team Member (Light/Welter)
2008
Olympic Games (Light/Welter): BRONZE

2007  U.S. National Team Member (Welter)
2007 
World Olympic Qualifier (Light/Welter): Qualified
2007 Olympic Trials (Light/Welter): 1st
2007 World Taekwondo Championships (Welter): GOLD
2007 Sr. National Team Trials (Welter): 1st

2006  U.S. National Team Member (Welter)
2006
Sr. National Team Trials (Welter): 1st

2005  U.S. National Team Member (Welter)
2005
U.S. Olympic Committee Male Athlete of the Month (April)
2005 World Taekwondo Championships (Welter): GOLD
2005 Sullivan Award Finalist

2004  U.S. Olympic Team Member
2004
Olympic Games: GOLD 
2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials: GOLD
2004 Sullivan Award Finalist

2003  U.S. National Team Member
2003
World Taekwondo Championships: GOLD
2003 Pan American Games: GOLD
2003 Sullivan Award Finalist

2002 World Cup: BRONZE

2001  U.S. National Team Member
2001
World Taekwondo Championships: GOLD 

2000  U.S. Olympic Team Member
2000
Olympic Games: GOLD

1999  Pan American Games Team Member
1999
Pan American Games: GOLD
1999 Pan American Regional Olympic Qualifier: SILVER

1998 World Cup Taekwondo Championships: BRONZE
1998 Pan Am Championships: GOLD

1997 World Cup Taekwondo Championships: GOLD

1996  U.S. Junior National Team Member
1996 
Junior World Championships: GOLD
1996 Pan Am Championships: GOLD

1994 World Cup Taekwondo Championships: BRONZE
1994 Pan Am Championships: SILVER

last updated 2/27/14