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Galloway Makes It Three Straight Golden Days For Team USA

July 23, 2015, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Toronto, CANADA (July 22, 2015) -- Team USA capped off their Pan American Games competition in Toronto on Wednesday with their third straight day of gold-medal performances. Jackie Galloway (Wylie, Texas) won the gold medal in the women's +67kg division to add to the gold medal haul started on Monday by Cheyenne Lewis (Elk Grove, Calif.) and continued on Tuesday by Paige McPherson (Sturgis, S.D.). Phillip Yun's (Diamond Bar, Calif.) bronze in the men's +80kg division on Wednesday, coupled with Steven Lopez's (Sugar Land, Texas) bronze medal in the -80kg a day earlier gives Team USA a total of five medals on its eight-athlete team.

"I prepare for every match the same way just go through positive affirmations: 'I can do this, I got this, I'm the best'," said Galloway. "So I prepare for every match the same way regardless of who I'm fighting."

Galloway used those positive affirmations to win a thrilling overtime match for the gold medal against Mexico's Maria Espinoza. Neither fighter was able to score in the regulation session, but Galloway connected with the winning kick with less than 30 seconds remaining in the extra period. She reached the gold medal match after posting an 11-7 victory over Cuba's Lisbeilys Ferran and a 5-0 blanking of Brazil's Raphaella Galacho.

"It's amazing to have my home, my country on my back and have the flag flying behind me, so it's just a great feeling to represent my country on a big stage like this," added Galloway.

Galacho claimed one of the bronze medals along with Colombia's Jessica Bravo.

Yun started the day with a 7-0 win over Jamaica's Kenneth Edwards, but lost his next match, 15-3, to eventual gold medalist Rafael Alba of Cuba. By virtue of Alba making it to the final, Yun advanced to one of the bronze medal matches where he defeated Argentina's Martin Sio, 9-2. Carlos Rivas of Venezuela took the silver medal while Canada's Marc-Andre Bergeron won the other bronze medal.

"I do a lot of visualization drills which involved really putting together all the details of an actual competition and just kind of running it in my head like a real simulation," said Yun. "I think a lot of lack of mental preparation comes from being unfamiliar of the actual competition so I keep running it over and over in my head again in my head so I'm not shocked. I felt very honored. This is just an excellent event. I am just really honored to be part of it, and bring USA home a medal."

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