COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Kendall Yount has departed for the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, as the lone athlete to represent USA Taekwondo at the prestigious international event.
More than 3,700 competitors between the ages of 15 and 18 will vie for medals in 28 sports at the Aug. 17-23 Youth Olympic Games, which follow the established four-year cycle of the Olympic Games, with the Youth Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Winter Games alternating every two years.
Yount (Frankfort, Ky.), a budding international taekwondo star, earned the spot in March at a Youth Olympic Games Qualifier in Chinese Tapei, fighting to a silver medal. Since 2011, the 16-year-old standout has accrued 16 medals—13 gold medals—at international and national competitions in the junior and senior levels.
A taekwondo athlete since age 4, Yount has already competed on seven U.S. National Teams at the cadet and junior levels. She’s also earned seven medals thus far in 2014.
In addition, Yount has etched her mark in America’s taekwondo elite all while sustaining educational excellence. She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society with the highest grade point average in her class—4.22 GPA—at The Frankfort Christian Academy.
“This is a huge privilege, one Kendall has worked really hard to obtain,” USAT Director of High Performance Patrick Wentland said of her qualification for the Youth Olympic Games. “She’s continued to work hard with the goal of winning a gold medal in Nanjing.”
U.S. National Team Assistant Coach Sherman Nelson will coach Yount at the international event, having worked with her already at several national and international events.
“From all of us here at USAT, we’d like to wish Kendall and Sherman the best of luck,” Wentland said. “Kendall has shown that she’s one of the best in the world just by qualifying for this event, and we know that she’ll represent USAT and the U.S. well at the Youth Olympic Games.”
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