Ten USA Taekwondo Athletes to Compete at 2014 Grand Prix I

June 30, 2014, 1:21 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—USA Taekwondo is pleased to send 10 athletes and four coaches to the 2014 World Taekwondo Grand Prix I in Suzhou, China. The international event will take place from July 4-6 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.

“The World Taekwondo Federation, the International governing body for taekwondo, has created the Grand Prix Series as a means of providing athletes with a direct way to qualify to participate in the Rio Olympics,” USA Taekwondo CEO Bruce Harris said. “This Grand Prix is the first of several such events to be held this year. The importance of doing well in Grand Prix competition cannot be overstated, and Team USA consists of highly qualified athletes who are all capable of doing well in Grand Prix competition.

“I realize that the top 32 athletes from around the world in each weight category have their eyes on the same prize as our 10 athletes. Competition is designed so that the best will rise to the challenge and prevail in the end. I am confident that our Team USA athletes will compete to their best and represent the U.S. very well, and I expect to see several, if not all of them, earn medals. My best wishes go out to all of our athletes, and I am certain that USA is behind them in offering their support.”

The American female athletes who will attend the prestigious event are: Jacquline Galloway (Wylie, Texas), Cheyenne Lewis (San Francisco), Paige McPherson (Sturgis, S.D.), Lauren Hamon (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Charlotte Craig (Murrieta, Calif.). The male athletes from the U.S. who will attend the event are: James Howe (San Ramon, Calif.), Terrance Jennings (Alexandria, Va.), Mark Lopez (Sugar Land, Texas), Steven Lopez (Sugar Land, Texas) and Stephen Lambdin (Rockwall, Texas).

Patrice Remarck will serve as head coach for the American contingent. Joseph Salim, Juan Moreno and Jean Lopez will serve as assistant coaches.