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Diana López

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Diana López, born January 7, 1984 in Houston, Texas is an Olympic Taekwondo competitor from the USA. She represented the USA at the 2008 Olympics, where she won a bronze medal. She has two older brothers who are also Olympians: Steven and Mark. In 2005 Diana and her brothers made history by becoming the first three siblings, in any sport, to win World titles at the same event, when they did so at the 2005 World Taekwondo Championships in Madrid, Spain. Diana is a 1st Dan Black Belt. She graduated from Kempner High School in 2002, and is a student at the University of Houston and her family is originally from Nicaragua.

Diana López, a 2008 Beijing Olympic Taekwondo bronze medalist is going to make fans stand-up and take notice at the London games this summer. According to her brother, Jean López, who is also her coach:

"Technically Diana is just as good as any guy in her weight category. She's trained a lifetime for this. This is something that she's very, very used to and now it's about her just going out there and going through the formality of actually competing."

She competes in the 125 weight category and generally has does two workouts, sometimes three in one day. The sister of two-time Olympic Taekwondo gold medalist, Steven López, has already qualified for London 2012.

"I'm so excited, so stoked and ready," said Diana. "This is my second Olympics and I'm just so happy and grateful to be in this position. London will be a great time, and I want to bring home the gold medal this time."

Diana played volleyball for three years in high school. Her brother Jean won a silver medal at the 1995 World Championships; Steven is a three-time Olympic medalist and five-time world champion; and Mark has won an Olympic silver medal in Beijing in 2008, and three World Championship medals including a gold in 2005. Diana, along with Steven and Mark, became the first three siblings in any sport to win World Championship titles at the same event when they achieved the feat in 2005 at the World Taekwondo Championships in Madrid, Spain where they were coached by oldest brother Jean. They also became the first trio of American siblings since 1904 to make an Olympic Team, and the first-ever to all medal at an Olympic Games.

After finishing her undergraduate degree, Diana would like to pursue a masters degree in education. Diana would also like to run in a marathon and participate in a triathlon some day.

"Education is a very important aspect of my life and something I try to balance with my athletic career. One day I also would like to be a coach for the Junior & Senior National Team."

Competition Record

Diana López
World Championships
Gold Olympic Trials 2012
Bronze Olympic Games 2008
Gold U.S. Olympic Trials 2008
Silver Pan Am Olympic Qualifier 2007
World Olympic Qualifier: Quarterfinals 2007
Gold Olympic Trials 2007
Bronze World Championships 2007
Gold Senior National Team Trials 2007
Gold Pan Am Qualifier 2006
Bronze Dutch Open 2006
Bronze Senior National Team Trials 2006
U.S. Olympic Committee Female Athlete of the Month - April 2005
Gold World Taekwondo Championships 2005
Gold German Open 2005
Gold National Team Trials 2005
Olympic Alternate 2004
Gold Dutch Open 2004
Bronze Senior Nationals 2004
Gold National Team Trials 2003
Gold Brussels Indoor Open 2002
Gold Dutch Open 2002
Gold Pan American Championships 2002
Bronze World Cup 2002
Gold National Team Trials 2002
Gold Junior Nationals 2001
Silver US Open 2001
Gold Mexico Open 2001
Gold National Team Trials 2001
Gold Junior Nationals 2000
Gold Junior World Championships 2000
Bronze Olympic Team Trials 2000
Gold Fight Off for World Cup Team 2000
Bronze Korean Open 2000
Bronze US Open Senior Division 2000
Gold Junior Nationals 1999
Gold Junior Nationals 1998
Gold Junior World Championships 1998
Silver US Open Junior Division 1998
Gold Junior Nationals 1997
Gold Junior Nationals 1996
Gold Junior Nationals 1995
Gold Junior Nationals 1994
Gold Junior Nationals 1993
Gold Junior Nationals 1992
Gold Junior Nationals 1991

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