Originally posted on www.moultrienews.com
Torin Teaster, age 16, won the U.S. Open’s highest honor – a gold medal – in Orlando, Florida, on Jan. 25th. The young man is a student at Bible Baptist High School in Savannah. As a dedicated member of Charleston Taekwondo in Mount Pleasant, Torin is the first athlete from the state to win gold at the U.S. Open. The competition is considered the largest taekwondo championship in the United States and it is Torin’s biggest accomplishment to date.
The young athlete placed first in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) taekwondo team trial in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in both 2013 and 2014, fighting in the 105.9-112.4 weight division.
The largest taekwondo championship in the country, more than 40 male and female athletes competed in the U.S. Open’s 15-17 age division from various countries worldwide. Teaster is still warming up to the competition, and in an interview with Moultrie News, the young athlete said, “I had never won at something this big before.”
Torin’s coach describes him as a dedicated, humble and hard-working taekwondo student with big ambitions.
“I drive from Savannah to Charleston to train on the weekends,” the young athlete said. “It’s a strict regimen, but it’s very rewarding.”
Torin told Moultrie News that he even hopes to one day compete in the international Olympics. The champion of the U.S. Open is certainly on the right track; he’ll be participating in the Junior Olympics this coming July and will be representing the United States at the Spanish Open on Wednesday, April 8, as part of the Amateur Athletic Union. For more information about the AAU, visit www.aautaekwondo.org. To contact Charleston Taekwondo for information on classes, training and competition, visit www.martialartsmtpleasant.com.
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