Team USA Registered for World Championships in Manchester

April 11, 2019, 4:19 p.m. (ET)

Following an intense battle for spots over the last seven months USA Taekwondo has now registered the successful athletes who fought so hard to make the National Team.

The athletes who will be competing May 15-19 in Manchester, England are as follows:



-46kg - Monique Rodriguez (FL)

-49kg - Kayla Morales (CA)

-53kg - Anastasija Zolotic (FL)

-57kg - Desirae Rolaff (TX)

-62kg - Ara White (FL)

-67kg - Paige McPherson (FL)

-73kg - Madelynn Gorman-Shore (CO)

+73kg - Hannah Keck (TX)*


*Madelynn Gorman-Shore was #1 in both -73kg and + 73kg and chose to take the -73kg spot. #2 ranked qualifier Jackie Galloway withdrew from consideration.



-54kg - David Kim (WCAP)

-58kg - Damian Villa (CA)

-63kg - Alejandro Chang (VA)

-68kg - CJ Nickolas (CA)

-74kg - Thomas Rahimi (TX)

-80kg - Jaysen Ishida (HI)

-87kg - Hanssel Llanos (TX)

+87kg - Jonathan Healy (CO)


Coaching and supporting the athletes will be:


Paul Green - National Coaching Director

Gareth Brown - National Team Head Coach

Brian McCutcheon - Coach

Terrence Jennings - Assistant Coach

Lynda Laurin - Trainer

TJ Curry - Trainer

Chase Graham - Trainer

Danielle Sweigard - National Teams Manager

Doctor - Mindy Siegel

Athletic Trainer - Sue Bromley

Karen Cogan - Sports Psychologist


USA Taekwondo Director of High Performance May Spence said: “The new selection process has delivered a really strong U.S. team, and also perhaps the youngest U.S. Senior National Team ever in terms of average age, which also makes us very excited for the future. Both the athletes and the coaching staff are a strong mix of youth and experience, very well representing the organizations current dual focus and the drive to create true depth both on the mat and in the chair. The experience gained in Manchester will be vital, particularly heading into the 2020 Olympic Games, but also beyond that to 2024 in Paris. After such a fiercely contested race it’s time for all parts of the country to come together for the benefit of Team USA!


The team will head to a training camp led by Paul Green and Gareth Brown in early May in preparation for the tournament, and we would like to say a big congratulations to all of our athletes who competed so hard for these coveted Team USA places.