A team of 10 USA Taekwondo athletes is competing at the 2014 World Taekwondo Grand Prix I in Suzhou, China. The international event will conclude on July 6 at the Suzhou Sports Center.
Through the Grand Prix Series, the World Taekwondo Federation seeks to promote the sport throughout the world, showcasing many of its top up-and-coming competitors.
On the first day of the event, American Charlotte Craig (Murrieta, Calif.) advanced to the quarterfinal round before losing a 9-8 decision. Stephen Lambdin (Rockwall, Texas) also won his first match and lost his second in 5-1 decision.
In other first-round action, Lauren Hamon (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Jacquline Galloway (Wylie, Texas) lost their opening matches.
In further action from the second day of the event, James Howe (San Ramon, Calif.) lost in the round of 16 with a 9-3 decision. Steven Lopez (Sugar Land, Texas) also lost in the round of 16.
The other American female athletes who are competing at the prestigious event are Cheyenne Lewis (San Francisco) and Paige McPherson (Sturgis, S.D.).
The other male athletes from the U.S. who are competing the event are Terrance Jennings (Alexandria, Va.) and Mark Lopez (Sugar Land, Texas).
Patrice Remarck is serving as head coach for the American contingent. Joseph Salim, Juan Moreno and Jean Lopez are the assistant coaches.
For full video coverage of the first day at the Grand Prix, click here.
For full video coverage of the second day at the Grand Prix, click here.