Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Elite Taekwondo returns with medals

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ELITE TAEKWONDO USA: Left to right: Ella Slattery, Megan Whitson, Quinci Whitson and Master Jonghun Yi. Not shown: George Kucera Jr. Courtesy Photo

CAMERON PARK — Elite Taekwondo USA of Cameron Park, coached by Master Jonghun Yi, competed in the USAT National Championship in Chicago the first week of July and competed against some of the nation’s strongest contestants on the national stage.

Thousands of competitors from all across the country descended upon Chicago for this prestigious event.

The youngest team member, Megan Whitson, advanced to the Poomsae finals and finished fifth in a field of 32. Later, she secured the 8-9 silver medal for the Red Belt Sparring Division.

Ella Slattery, George Kucera Jr. and Quinci Whitson competed the next day. Ella battled through a strong field of 18 competitors and took the bronze medal in the 10-11s Yellow Belt Poomsae Division.

George advanced to the 10-11s Red Belt Poomsae finals, but didn’t medal. He then faced a large of field of sparring competitors but despite a good performance, was denied a medal.

Quinci had a solid performance to secure the 10-11s silver medal in the Red Belt Division Poomsae. Later,  she advanced handedly in winning her first Sparring match (4-0), but due to a medical issue had to withdrawal from competition, ending her quest of a “double medal” day.

 

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