Name: Steven Lopez
Height: 6-3
Weight: 185
DOB: 11/9/1978
Birthplace: Nicaragua
Hometown: Sugar Land, texas
High School: Kempner High School (Sugar Land, Texas)

-2009 USAT Male Athlete of the Year
-Named in the 100 Influentials of 2008 by

Favorite books are 48 Laws of Power and the Bible...was one of People Magazine's "50 Hottest Most Eligible Bachelors"...favorite TV shows are The Big Bang Theory, Millionaire Matchmaker and Pawn Stars...20-time National Team member...the day before a competition he eats chicken with rice and veggies, then the day of competition he usually eats peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a piece of fruit...favorite athlete is Muhammad Ali...favorite movies are Braveheart and Forrest Gump.

Competition Record:

2017  USAT Senior National Team Member (Welter)
USAT Senior National Team Trials (Welter): 1st

2016  Olympic Games (-80kg): 5th
-def. Albert Gaun (RUS), 7-4, in Round of 16
          -lost to Muhammad Lutalo (GBR), 9-2, in quarterfinals
          -def. Hayder Shkara (AUS), by SUP, in repechage
          -lost to Oussama Oueslati (TUN), 14-5, in bronze medal match
2016  Pan American Olympic Qualification Tournament (-80kg): GOLD
          -def. Lenn Hypolite (TTO), 9-8, in quarterfinals
          -def. Angel Jose Cobas (CUB), 4-3, in semifinals
          -def. Moises Hernandez (DOM), 3-0, in finals
2016  Olympic Trials (-80kg): 1st
          -def. Terrence Jennings, 1-0 (OT)

2015  WTF World Grand Prix Series 3 - Manchester (-80kg): Round of 32
          -lost to Maksim Rafalovich (UZB) by WDR in Round of 32
2015  WTF World Grand Prix Series 2 - Moscow (-80kg): BRONZE
          -def. Jaysen Ishida (USA), 4-3, in Round of 32
          -def. Tahir Gulec (GER), 4-3 GP, in Round of 16
          -def. Masoud Hajizavareh (IRI), 10-9 GP, in quarterfinals
          -lost to Cheick Sallah Cisse (CIV), by withdrawal due to injury, in semifinals
2015  Pan American Games (-80kg): BRONZE
          -def. Guillermo Rodas (GUA), 12-4, in Round of 16
          -def. Elias Robles (CHI), 4-3, in quarterfinals
          -lost to Moises Hernandez (DOM), 3-2, in semifinals
          -def. Javier Medina (VEN), 7-3, in bronze medal contest
2015  WTF World Taekwondo Championships (-80kg): Quarterfinals
          -def. Ibrahim Benoud Radjab (CHA), 13-0, in Round of 64
          -def. Farkhod Negmatov (TJK), 10-5, in Round of 32 
          -def. Cheick Sallah Cisse (CIV), 4-3 (OT), in the Round of 16 
          -lost to Mahdi Khodabakhshi (IRI), 13-1, in the Quarterfinals
2015  Pan Am Games Team Member (-80kg)
 Pan Am Games Team Trials (-80kg): 1st

2014  USA Taekwondo National Team Trials (men’s welter): FIRST
2014  U.S. National Team member (Welter)
2014  U.S. Open (Sr. Welter): GOLD

2013  U.S. National Team Member (Welter)
 U.S. National Team Trials (Welter): 1st
2013  WTF World Taekwondo Championships (Welter): Quarterfinals
          -def. Waldeck Defaix (TAH), 13-0, in Round of 64
          -def. Oussama Oueslati (TUN), 7-1, in Round of 32 
          -def. Juan Sanchez (PUR), 3-1, in the Round of 16 
          -lost to Rene Lizarraga (MEX), 8-5, in the Quarterfinal
2013  WTF Grand Prix Final (men’s -80kg): Quarterfinal

2012  Olympic Games (-80kg): 11th
-lost to Ramin Azizov (AZE), 3-2, in Round of 16
2012  Olympic Team Member (-80kg)
  Olympic Trials Finals (-80kg): 1st
            -def. TJ Curry, 4-3

2011  Pan Am Olympic Qualifier (-80kg): SILVER (qualifies division for 2012 London Games)
          -def. Angel Roman (PUR), 6-5, in Quarterfinals
          -def. Sebastien Michaud (CAN), 3-0, in Semifinals
          -lost to Sebastian Crismanich (ARG) by withdrawal in Finals

2012 Olympic Team Trials 1 (Light/Welter): 1st
2010  U.S. National Team Member (Welter)

2009  World Taekwondo Championships (Welter): GOLD
2009  U.S. National Team Member (Welter)
  U.S. National Team Trials (Welter): 1st

2008  U.S. Olympic Team Member (Light/Welter)
Olympic Games (Light/Welter): BRONZE

2007  U.S. National Team Member (Welter)
World Olympic Qualifier (Light/Welter): Qualified
2007 Olympic Trials (Light/Welter): 1st
2007 World Taekwondo Championships (Welter): GOLD
2007 Sr. National Team Trials (Welter): 1st

2006  U.S. National Team Member (Welter)
Sr. National Team Trials (Welter): 1st

2005  U.S. National Team Member (Welter)
U.S. Olympic Committee Male Athlete of the Month (April)
2005 World Taekwondo Championships (Welter): GOLD
2005 Sullivan Award Finalist

2004  U.S. Olympic Team Member
Olympic Games: GOLD 
2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials: GOLD
2004 Sullivan Award Finalist

2003  U.S. National Team Member
World Taekwondo Championships: GOLD
2003 Pan American Games: GOLD
2003 Sullivan Award Finalist

2002 World Cup: BRONZE

2001  U.S. National Team Member
World Taekwondo Championships: GOLD 

2000  U.S. Olympic Team Member
Olympic Games: GOLD

1999  Pan American Games Team Member
Pan American Games: GOLD
1999 Pan American Regional Olympic Qualifier: SILVER

1998 World Cup Taekwondo Championships: BRONZE
1998 Pan Am Championships: GOLD

1997 World Cup Taekwondo Championships: GOLD

1996  U.S. Junior National Team Member
Junior World Championships: GOLD
1996 Pan Am Championships: GOLD

1994 World Cup Taekwondo Championships: BRONZE
1994 Pan Am Championships: SILVER



last updated: 3/20/17