Nicknames: "Ateh" and "Mear Bear"
Height: 5-1
Weight: 110 pounds
Birthplace: Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: Granada Hills Charter H.S. '10
College: Cal State University of Northridge
Year of Graduation: 2014
Coaches: Luis Reyes, Manny Reyes & Akiko Reyes
Dojang: Kings Taekwondo

Played volleyball for four years at St. John Baptist de La Salle Middle School...hobbies include volleyball, hanging out with friends, surfing the net, drawing, filming, editing and making videos...her younger sister, Maisey, is on her 3-person team with their friend, Madison Motoyasu...they call themselves "Team Calinasu" or "TC" for short, and consider their greatest accomplishment as a team to be making the 2008 National Poomsae Team...favorite foods are Filipino, Korean, spamusubis and anything her mother cooks...prefers pasta before a competition...favorite athletes are Chika Nakamura, Manny Pacquiao, Akiko Reyes, Luis Reyes and Manny Reyes...favorite movies are Meet the Spartans, A Walk to Remember, and Never Back Down...listens to hip-hop, R&B, rock, pop and K-Pop.

Did You Know?: Mariel is Filipino and has been studying Korean for three years and is able to read and write the language...she is also trying to improve her communication skills of the Korean language as well as expand her understanding of Tagalog at the same time.

Quotable Mariel Calinog: "I would like to thank my parents for being my main supporters and number one fans. They have given me the opportunity to pursue my goals in everything I do in life. My "M Sisters", Nicole, Madison, and Kendra Motoyasu, and Maisey and Marian Calinog are my every thing. We help each other out and make each other laugh. They are my younger sisters that bring out the kid in me. I love you guys so much!"

"Poomsae is a challenging part of Taekwondo because every thing has to be nearly perfect! That's why I love Poomsae! It's challenging and fun!"

Competition Record:

2011  USAT San Diego National Qualifier (1st Senior Poomsae): BRONZE
2011  USAT San Diego National Qualifier (1st Team Poomsae w/ Maisey Calinog & Marian Calinog): GOLD

2010  U.S. National Poomsae A Team Member (1st Team w/ Maisey Calinog & Madison Motoyasu)
(did not compete at World Championships)
U.S. National Poomsae Team Trials (1st Team w/ Maisey Calinog & Madison Motoyasu): 1st
California State Championships (Jr. Sport Poomsae): GOLD

2009  World Poomsae Championships (1st Female Team w/ Madison Motoyasu and Maisey Calinog): semifinals
2009  National Poomsae Team Member
2009  National Poomsae Team Trials (1st Female Team): 1st
2009  National Poomsae Team Trials (Jr. Female): 3rd

2008  National Poomsae Team Member
2008  National Poomsae Team Trials (1st Female Team): 1st
2008  Fresno National Qualifier (1st Female Team): GOLD
2008  California State Championships (Jr. Individual Poomsae): SILVER
2008  CUTA State Championships (1st Female Team): GOLD
2008  Hanmadang (Individual Poomsae): top 10 out of 30

last updated 3/29/11