Ashley Choi, a 15-year-old sophomore from Pine Creek High School, took first place at the Polish Open Taekwondo Championships this month.
For her victory, Choi defeated Shannon Larkin of Ireland at the Polish Open Taekwondo Championships in Warsaw on September 12, according to a press release.
The tournament was open to athletes from all over the world and is recognized by World Taekwondo, the international governing body of taekwondo recognized by the International Olympic Committee.
“I am very proud of his determination, his training and his success,” said Master Jay Lee, president and CEO of the US Taekwondo Center, which has a location in Monument. “She has a bright future in taekwondo. Not only is she a top athlete, but she is also scholar and committed to giving back to the community. “
In a post-game interview, Choi beamed.
“I feel really happy,” she said. “The training paid off. The finals were a bit difficult but I ended up winning.
Prior to winning gold on the international stage, Choi earned a second degree black belt in addition to being the youngest scholar at the US Taekwondo Resident Athlete Academy.
A video interview taken after Choi’s gold medal match can be found here: fb.watch/8cH2qWkLkG.