Deireanne Morales

USA Taekwondo

Height: 5-7
Weight: 118
Birthplace: Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: Lynwood H.S. (Lynwood, Calif.)
Year of Graduation: 2014

Coach:
Gergely Salim
Dojang: Salim's TKD Center

See Deireanne's ESPNHS 18-Under-18 feature

WTF World Rankings as of 9/1/12: T-52nd (-49kg); T-128th (-53kg)

Hobbies: playing piano, shopping, listening to music, spending time with family, baking and watching the L.A. Lakers play

Family: brother, Nelson Morales Jr., won a gold medal in the USAT National Qualifier and a silver medal at the USAT Junior Olympics...younger sister, Chelsea Morales, was a blue belt gold medalist at the California State Championships.

Favorite Foods: Honduras and Italian food

Pre-Competition Meal: pasta, pizza, salad, ice cream and as much as she can eat

Favorite Athlete: Kobe Bryant

Favorite Movies: "Grease", "Forrest Gump" and "Troy"

Favorite Music: rap, pop, hip hop and anything else

Did You Know?: Deireanne has been playing piano since the age of 9...she used to do mixed martial arts (muay thai and kickboxing)...she takes G.A.T.E. (Gifted and Talented Education) classes in school...started taekwondo at the age of 5.

Quotable Deireanne Morales: "Special thanks to my brother, Nelson Jr., for always being by my side, my teammates Team X for working hard with me and all the support. Also my first Master Nery Morales and Instructor Chris at my old dojang, Morales Brothers TKD. Big thanks to my coach and trainer Tim Thackrey for guiding me, and of course I thank my parents who have supported me the day I took my first steps on the taekwondo mats."

MAJOR COMPETITION RESULTS:

2014  USA Taekwondo National Team Trials (women’s feather): FIRST
2014  U.S. National Team member (Feather)

2012 
USAT National Championships (Sr. Bantam): SILVER
2012  USAT National Championships (Jr. Welter): GOLD
2012  World Junior Championships (Jr. Welter -55kg): Round of 16
            -def. Natalee Haddad (JOR), 4-0, in Round of 64
            -def. Sandra Hillergren (SWE), 3-2, in Round of 32
            -lost to Tanja Rastovic (CRO), 3-2, in Round of 16
2012 
U.S. Open (Jr. Welter): GOLD
          -def. Frida Thorso (SWE), 10-2, in round of 32
          -def. Sharon Moon (USA), 12-0, in round of 16
          -def. Paulina Armeria (MEX), 5-4 (OT), in quarterfinals
          -def. Alba Celia Macario Cruz (MEX), 5-0, in semifinals
          -def. Maria Aneses (PUR), 4-0, in finals

2012  Junior World Championships Team Member (Jr. Welter)
2012 
Junior World Championships Open Team Trials (Jr. Welter): 1st
2012 
Olympic Trials - Phase 7 (-57kg): 2nd

2011  Pan Am Games (Flyweight -49kg): BRONZE

          -def. Elizabeth Zamora (GUA), 6-5 (OT), in Round of 16
          -def. Katia Arakaki (BRA), 10-3, in Quarterfinals
          -lost to Ivett Gonda (CAN), 8-3, in Semifinals

2011 
Jr. Pan Am Championships (Jr. Light): GOLD
           -def. Waleska Santiago (PUR), 15-1, in quarterfinals
           -def. Kenya Chung (CAN), 1-0 (OT), in semifinals
           -def. Carolena Carstens (PAN), 7-3, in finals

2011  USAT Junior National Team Member (Jr. Light)
2011 
USAT Junior National Team Trials (Jr. Light): 1st
2011 
USAT Junior Olympics (Jr. Light): GOLD
2011  World Taekwondo Championships (Fly): Round of 32
          -def. Charlotte Paik Bjelke (DEN), 6-1, in Round of 64
          -lost to Lucija Zaninovic (CRO), 4-0, in Round of 32

2011  Pan Am Games Team Member (Fin/Fly)
2011 
Pan Am Games Qualifier (Fin/Fly): Qualified
          -def. Carola Lopez (ARG) 6-1

2011  U.S. National Team Member (Fly)
2011 
U.S. National Team Trials (Sr. Fly): 1st

2010 
2012 Olympic Team Trials 1 (Bantam/Feather): 7th
2010 
Pan Am Games Team Trials (Fin/Flyweight): 1st
2010  USAT National Championships (Sr. Fly): GOLD
2010 
USAT Junior Olympics (Jr. Feather): BRONZE
2010 
California State Championships (Sr. Fly): GOLD
2010  California State Championships (Jr. Feather): GOLD
2010  Junior World Championships (Jr. Feather): Round of 16
              -def. Melissa Lamb (GBR), 14-8, in Rd. of 32
              -lost to Elizabeth Zamora (GUA), 3-1, in Rd. of 16
2010  U.S. Open (Jr. Feather): SILVER
2010  U.S. Junior World Team Member (Jr. Feather)
2010 
Junior World Team Trials (Jr. Feather): 1st

2009  World Junior Championships Open Qualifier (Jr. Feather): 1st
2009  Jimmy Kim Invitational (14-17 feather): GOLD
2009  USAT Junior Olympics (12-13 heavy): GOLD
2009  USAT San Jose National Qualifier (12-13 heavy): GOLD
2009  California State Championships (12-13 middle): GOLD
2009  U.S. Open (12-13 middle): GOLD

2008  Jimmy Kim Invitational (12-13): GOLD
2008  USAT Junior Olympics (12-13): BRONZE
2008  USAT Fresno National Qualifier (12-13): BRONZE
2008  California State Championships (12-13): SILVER

last updated 2/4/14

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