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Alexandria Carino

Taekwondo

Nickname: "AJ"
Height: 5-3
Weight: 95
Birthplace: Bakersfield, Calif.
Coach: Francis Esposo
Dojang: Han's Taekwondo Academy (Bakersfield, Calif.)
High School: Independence H.S. (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Year of Graduation: 2013

World Ranking as of 9/1/12: T-49th (-46kg)

Hobbies: dancing, snowboarding, listening to music, drawing, reading, cooking and shopping

Family: her sister, Reanna Carino, has competed in taekwondo for seven years.

Favorite Food: prime rib steak

Pre-Competition Meal: the night before she eats pasta, then in the morning a light breakfast of cereal, fruit, toast, pancakes and yogurt.

Favorite Athlete: Shawn Johnson

Favorite Movies: A Walk to Remember and Phantom of the Opera

Favorite Music: high-energy dance music

Did You Know?: At 7 years old, Alexandria was a flyer for her pod on a competition cheer team that competed all over California.

Quotable Alexandria Carino: "What you bring to the match is one thing, but what you take from the match is what is important. I have learned that win or lose, there is something to be learned from every competition.
"I want to acknowledge and thank my dad, who is my hero, and my mom who always supports me 100%. Also, to my family - my aunts, uncles and cousins - for their love and support. Lastly, thank you to Grandmaster Han, Master Francis Esposo and Master Omar Esposo for their highly-skilled training, guidance, dedication and support."

MAJOR COMPETITION RESULTS:
2012 
World Junior Championships (Jr. Fly -44kg): Round of 32
            -lost to Sepideh Safari Ghalehjegh (IRI), 12-5, in Round of 32
2012  U.S. Open (Sr. Fin): BRONZE
          -def. Alison Kells (CAN), 6-2, in round of 16
          -def. Luisa Alejandra Martinez Marin (MEX), 6-3, in quarterfinals
          -lost to Yvette Yong (CAN), 12-2, in semifinals
2012 
U.S. Open (Jr. Bantam): GOLD
          -def. Meliza Rivera (PUR), 13-0, in round of 16
          -def. Sydney O'Shaughnessy (CAN), 13-0, in quarterfinals
          -def. Madison Giddens (USA), 15-3, in semifinals
          -def. Mateja Kunovic (CRO), 6-4, in finals
2012  Junior World Championships Team Member (Jr. Fly)
2012 
Junior World Championships Open Team Trial (Jr. Fly): 1st

2011 
USAT Junior National Team Trials (Jr. Bantam): 2nd
2011 
USAT Junior Olympics (Jr. Bantam): BRONZE
2011  USAT San Diego National Qualifier (Sr. Fin): BRONZE
2011 
USAT San Diego National Qualifier (Jr. Bantam): BRONZE

2010 
USAT Junior Olympics (Jr. Fly): BRONZE
2010 
USAT Fresno National Qualifier (Jr. Fly): GOLD
2010  California State Championships (Sr. Fin): BRONZE
2010  California State Championships (Jr. Fly): SILVER
2010  Nevada State Championships (Sr. Fin): SILVER
2010  Nevada State Championships (Jr. Fly): SILVER

2009  Junior National Team Trials (Jr. Fin): 2nd
2009  USAT Junior Olympics (Jr. Fin): BRONZE
2009  USAT San Jose National Qualifier: BRONZE
2009  California State Qualifier: BRONZE

2008  California Juniors Championship: GOLD
2008  California State Championships: SILVER

2007  USAT Junior Olympics: BRONZE
2007  USAT Fresno National Qualifier: GOLD

2006  USAT Junior Olympics: GOLD
2006  USAT Anaheim National Qualifier: GOLD

last updated 9/11/12