Name: Paige McPherson
Sport: Taekwondo
Discipline(s): Taekwondo, Sparring Taekwondo
Weight Class: Welterweight -67kg
Height: 5-8
Weight: 140 lbs.
DOB: 10/1/1990
Birthplace: Abilene, Texas
Hometown: Sturgis, S.D.
High School: Black Hills Classical Christian Academy
College: Miami-Dade College
Team/Club: Peak Performance
Coach(es): Juan Miguel Moreno
Olympic Experience
  • Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 11th (-67kg)
  • London 2012 Olympic Games, bronze (-67kg)
  • 2016 Olympic Games (-67kg): 11th
  • -lost to Farida Azizova (AZE), 6-5, in Round of 16
  • 2012 Olympic Games (-67kg): BRONZE
  • -def. Sarah Stevenson (GBR), 5-1, in Round of 16
  • -lost to Nur Tatar (TUR), 6-1, in Quarterfinals
  • -def. Andrea St. Bernard (GRN), 15-2, in Repechage
  • -def. Franka Anic (SLO), 8-3, in Bronze Medal Match
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2017 -- silver (-67kg)
  • Years of participation: 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  • Medals: one silver, one bronze
  • 2017 World Taekwondo Championships (-67kg): SILVER
  • -def. Laura Roebben (BEL), 20-10, in Round of 32
  • -def. Anika Godel-Chelmecka (POL), 16-7, in Round of 16
  • -def. Melissa Pagnotta (CAN), 12-10, in quarterfinals
  • -def. Mengyu Zhang (CHN), 6-5, in semifinals
  • -lost to Nur Tatar (TUR), 6-4, in final
  • 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Championships (-67kg): BRONZE
  • -def. Tetiana Tetereviatnykova (UKR), 3-2 OT, in round of 32
  • -def. Seham Elsawalhy (EGY), 5-4, in round of 16
  • -def. Elin Johansson (SWE), 8-3, in quarterfinals
  • -lost to Chia Chia Chuang (TPE), 5-4, in semifinals
  • 2013 WTF World Taekwondo Championships (Welter): Round of 16
  • -lost to Qing Liu (MAC), 1-0 in overtime, in Round of 16
  • 2011 World Taekwondo Championships (Welter): Quarterfinals
  • -def. Franka Anic (SLO), 4-3, in Round of 64
  • -def. Melissa Pagnotta (CAN), 8-5, in Round of 32
  • -def. Ai Chi Sun (TPE), 3-0, in Round of 16
  • -lost to Yunfei Guo (CHN), 2-1, in Quarterfinals
Other Career Highlights
  • 2017: London Grand Prix (-67kg): BRONZE
  • 2017: Costa Rica Open (-67kg): GOLD
  • 2017: Moscow Grand Prix (-67kg): BRONZE
  • 2017: U.S. Senior National Team Member (Welter)
  • 2017: U.S. Senior National Team Trials (Welter): 1st
  • 2016: Olympic Games (-67kg): 11th
  • 2016: U.S. Senior National Team Member (Welter)
  • 2016: Olympic Trials (-67kg): 1st
  • 2016: Pan American Championships (-67kg): GOLD
  • 2015: World Cup Team Championships Team Member
  • 2015: WTF World Grand Prix Series 3 - Manchester (-67kg): Round of 16
  • 2015: Chuncheon Korea Open (-67kg): GOLD
  • 2015: WTF World Taekwondo Championships (-67kg): BRONZE
  • 2015 Pan Am Games Team Member (-67kg)
  • 2015: Pan American Games (-67kg): GOLD
  • 2015 Pan Am Games Team Trials (-67kg): 1st
  • 2014 USA Taekwondo National Team Trials (women’s welter): FIRST
  • 2014 U.S. National Team member (Welter)
  • 2014 U.S. Open (Welter): SILVER
  • 2014 Canadian Open (Welter): BRONZE
  • 2013 U.S. National Team Member (Welter)
  • 2013 U.S. National Team Trials (Welter): 1st
  • 2013 Pan American Open (Welter): SILVER
  • 2013 Costa Rican Open (Welter): SILVER
  • 2013 Spanish Open (Welter): GOLD
  • 2013 WTF World Taekwondo Championships (Welter): Round of 16 -lost to Qing Liu (MAC), 1-0 in overtime, in Round of 16
  • 2013 WTF Grand Prix Final (women’s -67kg): Quarterfinal
  • 2012 USAT Female Athlete of the Year
  • 2012 Olympic Games (-67kg): BRONZE -def. Sarah Stevenson (GBR), 5-1, in Round of 16 -lost to Nur Tatar (TUR), 6-1, in Quarterfinals -def. Andrea St. Bernard (GRN), 15-2, in Repechage -def. Franka Anic (SLO), 8-3, in Bronze Medal Match
  • 2012 Olympic Team Member (-67kg)
  • 2012 Olympic Trials Finals (-67kg): 1st -def. Nia Abdallah, 5-4
  • 2011 Pan Am Olympic Qualifier (-67kg): SILVER (qualifies division for 2012 Olympic Games) -def. Andrea St. Bernard (GRN), 10-6, in Semifinals -lost to Karine Sergerie (CAN), 7-5, in Finals
  • 2011  Pan Am Games (Welter -67kg): SILVER -def. Katherine Dumar (COL), 16-2, in Quarterfinals -def. Taimi Castellanos (CUB), 4-1, in Semifinals -lost to Melissa Pagnotta (CAN), 7-6 (OT), in Finals
  • 2011  World Taekwondo Championships (Welter): Quarterfinals -def. Franka Anic (SLO), 4-3, in Round of 64 -def. Melissa Pagnotta (CAN), 8-5, in Round of 32 -def. Ai Chi Sun (TPE), 3-0, in Round of 16 -lost to Yunfei Guo (CHN), 2-1, in Quarterfinals
  • 2011 Pan Am Games Team Member (Light/Welter)
  • 2011 Pan Am Games Qualifier (Light/Welter): Qualified -def. Keila Avilia (HON) 13-1
  • 2011 U.S. Open (Light): SILVER
  • 2011 U.S. National Team Member (Welter)
  • 2011 U.S. National Team Trials (Welter): 1st
  • 2010 2012 Olympic Team Trials 1 (Bantam/Feather): 2nd
  • 2010 Pan Am Games Team Trials (Light/Welter): 1st
  • 2010 Spanish Open (Welter): SILVER
  • 2010 U.S. National Team Member (Welter)
  • 2009 U-24 National Team Member (Welter)
  • 2009 U-24 National Team Trials (Welter): 1st
  • 2009 USAT National Championships (Light): GOLD
  • 2009 Outstanding Female Athlete at USAT National Championships
  • 2009 U.S. National Team Trials (Welter): 2nd
  • 2009 Kissimmee National Qualifier (Welter): GOLD
  • 2009 National Team Qualifier (Welter): 1st
  • 2008 Pan Am Championships (Welter): GOLD
  • 2008 Pan Am Championships Team Member (Welter)
  • 2008 U.S. Senior Nationals (Welter): GOLD
  • 2008 Des Moines National Qualifier (Welter): GOLD
  • 2008 U.S. Open (Welter): GOLD
  • 2008 Chris Canning Award of Excellence winner
  • 2007 Pan Am Jr. Championships (Jr. Lt. Heavy): GOLD
  • 2007 Junior Team Trials (Jr. Lt. Heavy): 1st
  • 2007 Outstanding Female Athlete at Senior National Championships
  • 2007 U.S. Senior Nationals (Welter): GOLD
  • 2007 Junior Olympics (Lt. Heavy): GOLD
  • 2006 U.S. Senior Nationals (Light): GOLD
  • 2006 Jr. Black Belt Festival (Middle): GOLD
  • 2005 Jr. Black Belt Festival (Middle): GOLD
  • 2005 U.S. Open (Jr.): SILVER
  • 2004 Jr. Black Belt Festival (Middle): GOLD
  • 2004 Junior Olympics (Middle): BRONZE
  • 2003 Junior Olympics: BRONZE
  • 2002 Junior Olympics: BRONZE
  • Competition Record ;;2017 World Taekwondo Championships (-67kg) SILVER: 2013  WTF World Taekwondo Championships (Welter): Round of 16
  • Competition Record ;;2017 World Taekwondo Championships (-67kg) SILVER: -lost to Qing Liu (MAC), 1-0 in overtime, in Round of 16
  • Competition Record ;;2017 World Taekwondo Championships (-67kg) SILVER: 2013  WTF Grand Prix Final (women’s -67kg): Quarterfinal
  • Competition Record ;;2017 World Taekwondo Championships (-67kg) SILVER: 2013  Spanish Open (Welter): GOLD
  • Competition Record ;;2017 World Taekwondo Championships (-67kg) SILVER: 2013  Pan American Open (Welter): SILVER
  • Competition Record ;;2017 World Taekwondo Championships (-67kg) SILVER: 2013  Costa Rican Open (Welter): SILVER
  • 2017: U.S. Senior National Team Trials (Welter): 1st
  • 2016: Olympic Trials (-67kg): 1st
  • 2016: Pan American Championships (-67kg): GOLD
  • 2015: - 2012 USAT Female Athlete of the Year
  • 2015: - 2009 Outstanding Female Athlete at USAT National Championships
  • 2015: - 2008 Chris Canning Award of Excellence winner
  • 2015: - 2007 Outstanding Female Athlete at Senior National Championships
  • 2015: Enjoys going to the beach, shopping and going to the movies
  • 2015: hobbies include dance, snowboarding and volleyball
  • 2015: favorite foods are Asian food, her mom's cooking and cheeseburgers
  • 2015: was adopted when she was four days old
  • 2015: she believes in the three B's: breathe, believe and be yourself.
  • 2015: Competition Record:
  • 2015: 2017 World Taekwondo Championships (-67kg): SILVER
  • 2015: -def. Laura Roebben (BEL), 20-10, in Round of 32
  • 2015: -def. Anika Godel-Chelmecka (POL), 16-7, in Round of 16
  • 2015: -def. Melissa Pagnotta (CAN), 12-10, in quarterfinals
  • 2015: -def. Mengyu Zhang (CHN), 6-5, in semifinals
  • 2015: -lost to Nur Tatar (TUR), 6-4, in final
  • 2015: 2017 U.S. Senior National Team Member (Welter)
  • 2015: 2017 U.S. Senior National Team Trials (Welter): 1st
  • 2015: 2016  Olympic Games (-67kg): 11th
  • 2015: -lost to Farida Azizova (AZE), 6-5, in Round of 16
  • 2015: 2016  U.S. Senior National Team Member (Welter)
  • 2015: 2016  Olympic Trials (-67kg): 1st
  • 2015: -def. Cheyenne Lewis, 5-3
  • 2015: 2016  Pan American Championships (-67kg): GOLD
  • 2015: -def. Adanys Cordero (VEN), 3-0, in quarterfinals
  • 2015: -def. Yosselyn Molina (HON), 5-3, in semifinals
  • 2015: -def. Katherine Dumar (COL), 7-3, in finals
  • 2015: 2015  World Cup Team Championships Team Member
  • 2015: 2015  WTF World Grand Prix Series 3 - Manchester (-67kg): Round of 16
  • 2015: -def. Rewan Rafaei (EGY), 5-3, in Round of 32
  • 2015: -lost to Yun Fei Guo (CHN), 3-2, in Round of 16
  • 2015: 2015  Chuncheon Korea Open (-67kg): GOLD
  • 2015: -def. Seo So Young (KOR), 15-11, in finals
  • 2015: 2015  Pan American Games (-67kg): GOLD
  • 2015: -def. Daima Villalon (CUB), 5-3, in quarterfinals
  • 2015: -def. Julia Vasconcelos (BRA), 8-6, in semifinals
  • 2015: -def. Victoria Heredia (MEX), 13-1, in gold medal contest
  • 2015: 2015  WTF World Taekwondo Championships (-67kg): BRONZE
  • 2015: -def. Tetiana Tetereviatnykova (UKR), 3-2 OT, in round of 32
  • 2015: -def. Seham Elsawalhy (EGY), 5-4, in round of 16
  • 2015: -def. Elin Johansson (SWE), 8-3, in quarterfinals
  • 2015: -lost to Chia Chia Chuang (TPE), 5-4, in semifinals
  • 2015: 2015  Pan Am Games Team Member (-67kg)
  • 2015: 2015  Pan Am Games Team Trials (-67kg): 1st
  • 2015: 2014  USA Taekwondo National Team Trials (women’s welter): FIRST
  • 2015: 2014  U.S. National Team member (Welter)
  • 2015: 2014  U.S. Open (Welter): SILVER
  • 2015: 2014  Canadian Open (Welter): BRONZE
  • 2015: 2013  U.S. National Team Member (Welter)
  • 2015: 2013  U.S. National Team Trials (Welter): 1st
  • 2013: 2012  Olympic Games (-67kg): BRONZE
  • 2013: -def. Sarah Stevenson (GBR), 5-1, in Round of 16
  • 2013: -lost to Nur Tatar (TUR), 6-1, in Quarterfinals
  • 2013: -def. Andrea St. Bernard (GRN), 15-2, in Repechage
  • 2013: -def. Franka Anic (SLO), 8-3, in Bronze Medal Match
  • 2013: 2012  Olympic Team Member (-67kg)
  • 2013: 2012  Olympic Trials Finals (-67kg): 1st
  • 2013: -def. Nia Abdallah, 5-4
  • 2013: 2011  Pan Am Olympic Qualifier (-67kg): SILVER (qualifies division for 2012 Olympic Games)
  • 2013: -def. Andrea St. Bernard (GRN), 10-6, in Semifinals
  • 2013: -lost to Karine Sergerie (CAN), 7-5, in Finals
  • 2013: 2011  Pan Am Games (Welter -67kg): SILVER
  • 2013: -def. Katherine Dumar (COL), 16-2, in Quarterfinals
  • 2013: -def. Taimi Castellanos (CUB), 4-1, in Semifinals
  • 2013: -lost to Melissa Pagnotta (CAN), 7-6 (OT), in Finals
  • 2013: 2011  World Taekwondo Championships (Welter): Quarterfinals
  • 2013: -def. Franka Anic (SLO), 4-3, in Round of 64
  • 2013: -def. Melissa Pagnotta (CAN), 8-5, in Round of 32
  • 2013: -def. Ai Chi Sun (TPE), 3-0, in Round of 16
  • 2013: -lost to Yunfei Guo (CHN), 2-1, in Quarterfinals
  • 2013: 2011  Pan Am Games Team Member (Light/Welter)
  • 2013: 2011  Pan Am Games Qualifier (Light/Welter): Qualified
  • 2013: -def. Keila Avilia (HON) 13-1
  • 2013: 2011  U.S. Open (Light): SILVER
  • 2013: 2011  U.S. National Team Member (Welter)
  • 2013: 2011  U.S. National Team Trials (Welter): 1st
  • 2013: 2010  2012 Olympic Team Trials 1 (Bantam/Feather): 2nd
  • 2013: 2010  Pan Am Games Team Trials (Light/Welter): 1st
  • 2013: 2010  Spanish Open (Welter): SILVER
  • 2013: 2010  U.S. National Team Member (Welter)
  • 2013: 2009  U-24 National Team Member (Welter)
  • 2013: 2009  U-24 National Team Trials (Welter): 1st
  • 2013: 2009  USAT National Championships (Light): GOLD
  • 2013: 2009  U.S. National Team Trials (Welter): 2nd
  • 2013: 2009  Kissimmee National Qualifier (Welter): GOLD
  • 2013: 2009  National Team Qualifier (Welter): 1st
  • 2013: 2008  Pan Am Championships (Welter): GOLD
  • 2013: 2008  Pan Am Championships Team Member (Welter)
  • 2013: 2008  U.S. Senior Nationals (Welter): GOLD
  • 2013: 2008  Des Moines National Qualifier (Welter): GOLD
  • 2013: 2008  U.S. Open (Welter): GOLD
  • 2013: 2007  Pan Am Jr. Championships (Jr. Lt. Heavy): GOLD
  • 2013: 2007  Junior Team Trials (Jr. Lt. Heavy): 1st
  • 2013: 2007  U.S. Senior Nationals (Welter): GOLD
  • 2013: 2007  Junior Olympics (Lt. Heavy): GOLD
  • 2013: 2006  U.S. Senior Nationals (Light): GOLD
  • 2013: 2006  Jr. Black Belt Festival (Middle): GOLD
  • 2013: 2005  Jr. Black Belt Festival (Middle): GOLD
  • 2013: 2005  U.S. Open (Jr.): SILVER
  • 2013: 2004  Jr. Black Belt Festival (Middle): GOLD
  • 2013: 2004  Junior Olympics (Middle): BRONZE
  • 2013: 2003  Junior Olympics: BRONZE
  • 2013: 2002  Junior Olympics: BRONZE
  • 2013: last updated: 7/14/17
Personal: Enjoys going to the beach, shopping, and going to the movies...Hobbies include dance, snowboarding, and volleyball...Favorite foods are Asian food, her mom's cooking, and cheeseburgers...Was adopted when she was four days old...Believes in the three B's: breathe, believe, and be yourself