Name: Paige McPherson
Sport: Taekwondo
Discipline(s): Taekwondo, Sparring Taekwondo
Weight Class: Welterweight -67kg
Classification: Welter -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)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2019 -- 5th (-67kg)
  • Years of participation: 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019
  • Medals: one silver, one bronze
  • 2019 World Taekwondo Championships (-67kg)- 5th
  • 2017 World Taekwondo Championships (-67kg): SILVER
  • 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Championships (-67kg): BRONZE
  • 2013 WTF World Taekwondo Championships (Welter): Round of 16
  • 2011 World Taekwondo Championships (Welter): Quarterfinals
Other Career Highlights
  • 2019 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final Moscow (-67kg): BRONZE
  • 2019 Pan Am Games (-67kg): SILVER
  • 2019 German Open - BRONZE
  • 2019 Mexico Open - GOLD
  • 2019 Pan Am Open - GOLD
  • 2019 Polish Open - GOLD
  • 2019 Serbia Open - GOLD
  • 2018: U.S. Senior National Team Member (Welter -67kg)
  • 2018: Taiwan Grand Prix: GOLD
  • 2018: World Taekwondo President's Cup (-67kg): SILVER
  • 2018: U.S. Senior National Team Trials (Welter -67kg): 1st
  • 2018 U.S. Open (-67kg): Quarterfinals
  • 2018 Mexico Open - GOLD
  • 2018 President’s Cup (Africa Region) - BRONZE
  • 2018 German Open - SILVER
  • 2018 Pan Am Championships - GOLD
  • 2018 Pan Am Open - GOLD
  • 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 -67kg)
  • 2017: U.S. Senior National Team Trials (Welter -67kg): 1st
  • 2017 US Open - GOLD
  • 2017 Grand Prix Moscow - BRONZE
  • 2017 Costa Rica Open - GOLD
  • 2017 President’s Cup (Pan Am Region) - SILVER
  • 2017 Grand Prix London - BRONZE
  • 2017 Greece Open - GOLD
  • 2017 Grand Prix Final - 4th
  • 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 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 Grand Prix Final (women’s -67kg): Quarterfinal
  • 2012 USAT Female Athlete of the Year
  • 2012 Olympic Team Member (-67kg)
  • 2012 Olympic Trials Finals (-67kg): 1st
  • 2011 Pan Am Olympic Qualifier (-67kg): SILVER (qualified division for 2012 Olympic Games)
  • 2011  Pan Am Games (Welter -67kg): SILVER
  • 2011 Pan Am Games Team Member (Light/Welter)
  • 2011 Pan Am Games Qualifier (Light/Welter): Qualified
  • 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
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Was adopted at four days old into the McPherson family. Has been an USA National Team Member for 10 consecutive years. Did dance and played the violin in her teenage years. Enjoys being around family and friends on her off time. Is apart of the not for profit organization, A Safe Haven For Newborns. An organization that helps newborns from the dangers of abandonment and prevent the crisis that mothers-to-be can go through. Her favorite Bible verse that she lives by is: Proverbs 3:5&6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him. He shall direct your path.”