Logan Thompson, 11, of Wellington recently earned gold, becoming a national champion in both the USAT and AAU National Taekwondo Championships and was awarded a spot on the AAU Taekwondo National Team. USAT Taekwondo is the organization that determines the U.S. Olympic team. Thompson trains at US Pro Taekwondo in Jupiter with Master Jung Han.
Thompson began studying taekwondo at five years old. His first competition was at six years old, and he has been driven ever since.
Training seven days a week for several months, he has learned it is not about the years in this sport but the hours of training that is put in. Thompson was further fueled by the emotion to win and succeed following his unexpected gold medal at the USAT Florida State Championship in April and his silver medal achievement at the AAU Florida State Championship in May.
The gold medal match at the USAT National Event in Richmond, Va., was against a someone who had point-gapped Thompson at a tournament only six months ago, keeping him out of medal contention. Thompson utilized his new training, ultimately earning gold in a memorable match.
Thompson understands that by believing that he can do it, focusing on what can be controlled, overcoming obstacles and still succeeding are the traits of a champion, proving that he had earned the gold before even entering the ring.
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