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Steven Lopez

Steven Lopez
Taekwondo USA

Steven Lopez

Steven Lopez
  • Birth date 11/09/1978
  • Birthplace New York
  • Hometown Sugar Land, Texas
  • Residence Sugar Land, Texas
  • Height/Weight 6'3"/ 176 lbs
  • Olympics 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012


A four-time Olympian and five-time world champion, Steven Lopez is the most decorated member of the United States’ “First Family of Taekwondo.” Trained by his brother Jean in a garage in Houston after the family moved from Nicaragua to the U.S., Steven rose to prominence with a gold medal victory at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, the first year that taekwondo was officially added to the program. Steven’s other siblings, Mark and Diana, soon joined him as Olympic medalists at the 2008 Beijing Games. Now 37, Lopez remains a fixture in the sport. He’ll hope to avenge his defeat at the 2012 London Olympics, where he attempted to fight with a broken leg and was eliminated in the opening round of competition.
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Getting to know Steven Lopez


Three-time Olympic medalist (2000, 2004 – gold; 2008 – bronze)


Five-time world champion (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009)


Has competed at every Olympics in which taekwondo has been contested

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