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Latino Daily News

Wednesday July 25, 2012

Olympics 2012: Lopez Siblings Hungry For Gold

Olympics 2012: Lopez Siblings Hungry For Gold

Photo: Mark, Steven and Diana Lopez, Taekwondo Olympians

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For people looking for a feel good story in the 2012 summer Olympics, you might want to get to know the Lopez siblings.

Steven, Mark, Diana and Jean have all competed for team USA in the sport of taekwondo. The siblings were born in the United States to Nicaraguan parents.

The headliner of the bunch is Steven, who will be competing in his fourth Olympics. He won a Gold Medal in 2000 and 2004, and collected a Bronze in 2008. He will be coached by older brother Jean in the 2012 games.

Diana will be participating in her second Olympics. She earned a Bronze Medal in 2008. Mark won’t be in competition, but will be in London as a training partner.

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and has been an Olympic sport since 2000. Scoring is based off kicks and punches that are powerful, according to the World Taekwondo Federation.

The taekwondo events will take place from August 8-11 in London. There are four weight divisions each for men and women.

Story Written by HS News Sports Writer:  Nate Jacobson