Olympian Mayumi Spence Hired as High Performance Director

Nov. 22, 2016, 9:04 a.m. (ET)

Colorado Springs, Colorado (November 22, 2016) -- USA Taekwondo can today announce that 1988 Olympic Bronze Medalist Mayumi Spence has been hired as the organization’s new High Performance Director. Spence, who will take up her new position in December, brings a lifetime of elite level taekwondo experience to the role as both athlete and coach.

I am excited to be a part of the U.S. Olympic Taekwondo movement,” Spence said. “My experience and passion for Taekwondo and business will bring new ideas to help USA Taekwondo to succeed on the competitive world stage. It is my privilege to have the opportunity to contribute to the positive development and success of U.S. Athletes and I look forward to collaborating with the coaches, athletes, and members of the organization.”

In addition to her Olympic bronze medal Spence also earned a gold medal in the Pan American Championships that same year.  At the 1989 World Taekwondo Championships in Seoul she collected another bronze medal and was also named the U.S. Taekwondo Union Athlete of the Year. She served on the Athlete Advisory Committee and Executive Committee for the U.S. Taekwondo Union between 2000-2004.

As a coach Spence was named to the Women’s National Team Coaching Staff at the World Taekwondo Championships in Jeju, South Korea in 2001 and founded the Female Athletes International Camp in which grassroots taekwondo practitioners from around the world got the opportunity to train with Olympians. For the last eleven years she has owned and managed a successful manufacturing business in her home state of Colorado.

In the High Performance Director role Spence will be working with USA Taekwondo athletes, coaches, and administration to develop the organization’s High Performance plan and deliver programs and development strategies to strengthen the sport in the United States

We’re tremendously excited to attract someone of Mayumi’s caliber to this position,” said Ferguson. “Individuals with this level of knowledge, not just of what it takes to make it to the top of your sport but also with a deep understanding of the business of sport are very rarely available. We are delighted to have her join the organization and look forward immensely to the work we can do together as a team committed to furthering the sport of taekwondo in the United States.”

For further information contact USA Taekwondo’s Director of Communications Steve McNally by email via steve.mcnally@usa-taekwondo.us