TAEKWONDO: U.S. Junior Team Set to Take on the World's Best in Izmir, Turkey

May 06, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
The 20-member U.S. Junior World Team is set to begin competition at the 7th World Junior Taekwondo Championships in Izmir, Turkey. The event runs from May 7-11 and includes 749 athletes from a record 84 countries. Live results and video will be broadcast on WTF-TV. The U.S. Junior Team will try to improve upon the four bronze medals won at the last World Junior Championships held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 2006. The four bronze medals signaled the best U.S. showing since 2000. The day-by-day schedule of U.S. fighters is listed below: Wednesday, May 7 Female Bantam: Merissa Pico (Fort Lee, N.J.) Male Bantam: Aaron Porras (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) Female Feather: Victoria Stambaugh (Pasadena, Texas) Male Feather: Jensen Ishida (Waikele, Hawaii) Thursday, May 8 Female Fin: Talina Le (Woodinville, Wash.) Male Fin: Olie Burton III (Accokeek, Md.) Female Fly: Selina Coppersmith-Tubbs (Plano, Texas) Male Fly: Jericho Yabut (Canyon Country, Calif.) Friday, May 9 Female Light: Nicole Palma (Lake Worth, Fla.) Male Light: Tyler Sawyer (Anchorage, Alaska) Female Welter: Gabriella Vazzana (Paris, Va.) Male Welter: Jared Schneider (Sugar Land, Texas) Saturday, May 10 Female Lt. Middle: Whitney Daniel (Virginia Beach, Va.) Male Lt. Middle: John Hansel (Ashburn, Va.) Female Middle: Jacquelyn Lauricella (Port Orange, Fla.) Male Middle: Thomas Lee (Rockville, Md.) Sunday, May 11 Female Lt. Heavy: Laurissa Tanielu (Blue Island, Ill.) Male Lt. Heavy: Tyler Knittel-McDavid (Loveland, Ohio) Female Heavy: Adrienne Ivey (Ashburn, Va.) Male Heavy: Christian Suh (Astoria, N.Y.) Coaching Staff: Jean Lopez (Sugar Land, Texas) Juan Moreno (Miami, Fla.) Sherman Nelson (Washington, D.C.) Elizabeth Evans (Chicago, Ill.) Eui Lee (Minneapolis, Minn.) ###