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Team USA Gears Up For 2019 World Taekwondo Championships

By Bill Kellick | May 14, 2019, 12:37 p.m. (ET)

Paige McPherson 2017 Worlds

(May 14, 2019) – Great Britain is ready to welcome the World Taekwondo Championships for the first time ever.

Nine hundred and seventy-five athletes from 150 countries, plus one refugee team under World Taekwondo's flag will be competing at the iconic Manchester Arena as the 2019 World Championships get underway on Wednesday. Athletes will compete in 16 weight categories (eight men, eight women) and, with 2019 being a pre-Olympic year, the battles will provide fans a preview of Tokyo 2020.

For the first time in the history of the World Taekwondo Championships, a 4D camera rig – pioneered in the Grand Slam Champions Series, held in Wuxi, China, over the last two years – will be set up around the central court to capture all matches including semi-final and final. The system provides 360-degree scans of the action, enabling viewers to see every angle of the athletes’ spectacular acrobatics and providing “Matrix”-style visual effects. 4D camera will be used at the Tokyo 2020.

Six of the 16 U.S. team members have previous world championship experience, including Damian Villa, Alejandro Chang, Jaysen Ishida, Ara White, Paige McPherson and Madelynn Gorman-Shore. Among the first-time competitors at the World Taekwondo Championships is 2018 junior world champion Anastasija Zolotic.

World Championship Schedule



Wednesday, May 15

-Men's -58kg (Damian Villa)
-Women's -46kg (Monique Rodriguez)
Women's -73kg (Madelynn Gorman-Shore)

Thursday, May 16

-Men's -54kg (David Kim)
-Men's -68kg (CJ Nickolas)
-Women's +73kg (Hannah Keck)

Friday, May 17

-Men's -74kg (Thomas Rahimi)
-Women's -49kg (Kayla Morales)
-Women's -57kg (Desirae Rolaff)

Saturday, May 18

-Men's -63kg (Alejandro Chang)
-Men's -80kg (Jaysen Ishida)
-Women's -53kg (Anastasija Zolotic)
-Women's -67kg (Paige McPherson)

Sunday, May 19

-Men's -87kg (Hanssel Llanos)
-Men's +87kg (Jonathan Healy)
-Women's -62kg (Ara White)


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



Related Athletes

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Damian Villa

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Monique Rodriguez

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Madelynn Gorman-Shore

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David Kim

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CJ Nickolas

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Hannah Keck

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Thomas Rahimi

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Kayla Morales

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Desirae Rolaff

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Alejandro Chang

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Jaysen Ishida

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Anastasija Zolotic

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Paige McPherson

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Hanssel Llanos

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Jonathan Healy

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Ara White