Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Lopez siblings take another crack at Olympics

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 2:43 PM

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USA Today recently brought us more on the story of ass-kicking, taekwondo-focusing, Olympic-medal-winning siblings Steven, Mark and Diana Lopez. They've been profiled in these parts before — KRDO-TV did an interview with Mark in 2008 — but this time it's a little different for the trio, who are scheduled to compete in Saturday's trials at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

Limited by a shoulder injury when Olympic qualifying began in November 2010, Mark had to fight through an elimination bracket to earn a spot in Saturday's trials.

While Steven and Diana are No. 1 seeds in their weight divisions, Mark is a No. 2 seed. The tournament has two competitors per division.

Mark needs two wins against Terrence Jennings, who won bronze in last year's Pan American Games, to qualify for the Olympics. Jennings, similar to Steven and Diana, needs one win to secure an Olympic berth.

If you're interested in attending, the trials kick off at 4 p.m.; tickets are $5 before the event, and $10 at the door.

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