U.S. Team heads to Russia for SportAccord World Combat Games

Oct. 21, 2013, 11:42 a.m. (ET)

Six American athletes head to St. Petersburg, Russia, this week to represent the U.S. at the 2013 SportAccord World Combat Games, which runs Oct. 18-26. Team USA is one of a few countries in the world selected by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) to have its Male Taekwondo Team participate at the international tag-team taekwondo event that features teams that must consist of six male athletes whose combined weight does not exceed 432 kg.

Taekwondo competition runs Oct. 23-24.

“The World Combat Games competition offers a unique opportunity for athletes to do something different and for fans to enjoy a rapid-fire approach to our sport,” said USA Taekwondo CEO Bruce Harris. “We feel confident that we have assembled a strong and versatile group of athletes that will find success in this intriguing format.”

Team Selection Criteria were developed and used in selecting the following team of male athletes that will represent the USA at the 2013 SportAccord World Combat Games.

Team USA:
T.J. Curry
James Howe
Steven Lin
Steven Lopez
Nir Moriah
Phillip Yun

Team USA Support Staff:
Bruce Harris, CEO
Patrice Remarck, Head Coach
Brian Singer, Assistant Coach and Team Manager
Sherri LaShomb, Medical

Taekwondo is one of 16 combat sports that make up the SportAccord World Combat Games. The entire competition runs Oct. 18-26 at three venues. All taekwondo competition will be held at the Spartak Basketball Hall Oct. 23-24.