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Lopez Bears the Torch for Tae Kwon Do

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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
Steven Lopez, Olympic Tae Kwon Do champion, carries the Olympic Torch to Vancouver.

Steven Lopez, Olympic Tae Kwon Do champion, carries the Olympic Torch to Vancouver.

For the Spring 2010 Clawmarks, I had the opportunity to interview Steven Lopez. Here is a complete, unabridged version of my interview.

Steven Lopez became the first fighter to win five world championship titles when he captured the men’s welterweight gold medal at the 2009 WTF World Taekwondo Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Lopez, 30, won his first world championship gold medal in 2001 and has been undefeated at the biennial event ever since, winning titles in 2003, 2005 and 2007. He has also won two Olympic gold medals (2000 & 2004) and one Olympic bronze medal (2008) in the last decade, but the world championships are often regarded as being the tougher event due to the depth of the field.

For the 2010 Winter Olympics, Steven has the honor of being a torchbearer. He works tirelessly to help others and to promote Tae Kwon Do. I had the honor to interview him for the Spring 2010 issue of Clawmarks. Not only is he a great athlete, but a truly martial person.

JO: Lets start off with getting some info on you being a torch bearer. That’s pretty cool.

Yeah it’s awesome. It’s something that I’m pretty proud of. I just always remember at the beginning of the Olympics seeing whichever athlete or person of some influence holding onto the torch. It’s just a mark of the beginning of the Olympics and I just always remember that being a great memory for me and it’s a huge honor as well.

JO: You have been doing some community work. Would you tell us about that as well?

SL: Well, I think I always made it a goal of mine, as a kid, if I ever reached a platform where I could reach people and be a positive influence on their lives and inspire them, whether it be something I said or something I did. I’ve had the opportunity to win 2 gold medals and win a bronze and I’ve had the opportunity to go to many businesses and universities/schools to speak on leadership. It brings me great gratification and sense of fulfillment to do that. (more…)