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Islander Takes Gold at 'Olympic' Tae Kwon Do Nationals

Mercer Islander, Christopher Clark, wins gold at U.S. Tae Kwon Do National Championships as a member of the Yi Sport TKD competition team.

This past June, Islander Chirstopher Clark won the gold medal at the U.S. Tae Kwon Do National Championships that were held in Dallas, TX. Christopher, 8, defeated five opponents at the 8-9 year old Red Belt Heavyweight Division.

Chirstopher joined two other Yi Sport Tae Kwon Do teammates in gold medal victories, including Olu Dixon and Junior Olympic hopeful Sammie Shannon.

With friends and family cheering him on, Christopher scored 3 points in the final seconds of the match to secure the 10-8 victory.  While it was his first appearance at the U.S. Nationals, which are run by the United States Olympic Committee, he has had tremendous victories in local and regional tournaments.

Yi Sport Tae Kwon Do was founded by Coach Lionel Lee, and welcomes all youth and adults who wish to challenge themselves mentally and athletically through the sport of Tae Kwon Do.

As a parent of a child whose child attends Yi Sport Tae Kwon Do, and was able to witness the victories by Christopher and the other players on the competition team, I can tell you that I have been amazed at the athleticism, coaching, and spirit of these children.

As a chiropractor in Seattle, I have had the good fortune of working with many athletes and attending various prestigious events, but there is nothing better than seeing a child reach their goal and winning a gold medal.

Congratulations to Christopher, Olu, Sammie, and Coach Lee!

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