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Olympic Competition Videos

Olympic Competition Videos

“Both the Taekwondo and Olympic movements share the common spirit of challenging human beings to overcome their limitations and strive for both physical and spiritual perfection. They also share the drive to overcome national and cultural boundaries and to transcend the barrier that keep people apart.”Source


2012 London Olympics

2012 London Olympics Competition Videos
Looking for videos of the matches for the 2012 London Olympics? We have links to the videos and brief summaries of each division:
Go to: 2012 Olympic Competition Videos & Summaries

Flipping the Switch (USA Today)
Highlights and interviews with Paige McPherson (South Dakota) and Terrence Jennings (Virginia), two members of the US Taekwondo Team.
Watch now: Flipping The Switch (3:56)

2012 US Taekwondo Team Members
Interviews and action of the four U.S. Taekwondo team members: Paige McPherson (South Dakota), Terrence Jennings (Virginia), and siblings, Diana and Steven Lopez (Texas).
Watch now: USA Taekwondo Sends Four to London (3:56)

Lopez Family USA, The Olympics’ Most Successful Siblings
From Unravel Travel TV: “The Lopez family made history at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, becoming the first three siblings since 1904 to make the same Olympic team, and the first three siblings in history to win medals at the same Olympics. ...They’ll all be heading to London [and] oldest brother, Jean, will once again be their coach.”
Watch now: Lopez Family USA, The Olympics’ Most Successful Siblings (3:57)

The Lopez Family
Updates on the Lopez family from Worldsport in 2011. Great footage of, and interviews with, the four siblings. Summary of their accomplishments since the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Watch now: The Lopez Family (4:29)

South Korea Olympic Team
Overview of the South Korean Taekwondo Olympic Team, a team determined to bring gold back home in their national sport.
Watch now: The Pressure Is On (1:50)

Sarah Stevenson (Great Britain)
Stevenson — 2011 World Champion, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, and preparing for her fourth Olympics — is interviewed by Barry Glendenning. She also explains a few Olympic competition rules.
Watch now: Sarah Stevenson Interview (4:34)


2008 Beijing Olympics

2008 Best Kicks (Beijing)
This is what we’re talking about! Exciting highlights of taekwondo’s fast-paced action, artistry, and stunning power in Beijing: explosive, rapid-fire kicks (roundhouse, axe, spin hook) and even devastating punches.
Music: “Behind Closed Doors” by Rise Against.
Watch now: 2008 Best Kicks - Beijing (3:10)

2008 Highlights
A mix of competition highlights from the Beijing Olymics. All manner of shapes, sizes, and countries are represented.
Watch now: 2008 Olympic Highlights (5:11)

Taekwondo Motivation
Big kicks, roundhouse kicks, axe kicks, spinning kicks and more from the Beijing Olympics.
Watch now: 2008 Olympic Highlights (3:23)

Su-Jeong Lim (-57kg) & Son Taejin (-68kg) Clip
Highlights of two of Korea’s four gold medal winners in Beijing.
Watch now: Su-Jeong Lim & Son Taejin (3:32)

Lopez Family Dominates USA Taekwondo Team
“A report by Al Jazeera’s Brendan Connor reports on the USA Taekwondo team that is headed for the 2008 Summer Olympics, and is dominated by a family of fighters from Texas, via Nicaragua.”
Watch now: Lopez Family Dominates USA Taekwondo Team (3:39)

Sarah Stevenson (Great Britain)
“Doncaster’s Taekwondo star in action on the mat looking ahead to her third Olympic Games at the age of just 25.”
Watch now: Sarah Stevenson – Brit to Watch (9:06)


2004 Athens Olympics

Action from the 2004 Athens Olympic Games
This is actually a double-bonus — same video, different music (depending on your mood). This video contains big kicks from the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. The video ends with the dramatic final kick in the men’s heavyweight gold medal match between Moon Dae-Sung (Korea) and giant home-country favorite Alexandros Nikolaidis (Greece).

Watch now: Olympic Tae-Kwon-Do Sparring (7:26)
Loud, raucous music: “Scream” by Slipknot

Watch now: Olympic Taekwondo, the best action!
Mellow music: “Dreamscape - Long Edit” by 009 Sound System

2004 Taekwondo Olympic Heavyweight Final
The entire Athens heaveryweight finals match between Moon Dae-Sung of Korea and home-country hero Alexandros Nikolaidis of Greece. Note: Commentary in Korean.
Watch now: 2004 Taekwondo Olympic Heavyweight Final (9:00)
Background Info on 2004 Heavyweight Finals Match
“Moon Dae-Sung of Korea had been world heavyweight champion in 1999, but he had not placed at the world event since then, and did not compete at the 2000 Olympic Games. His top competition was felt to be Pascal Gentil of France, who had been European Champion as far back as 1994, had also won that event in 1999, and was runner-up in it earlier in 2004. After easily winning their first two matches, they met in the semi-final with Moon prevailing, 5-3. In the final, Moon met Alexandros Nikolaidis, who had no international record, but was the home crowd favorite. They were not much help to him as Moon won by knockout at 2:10 of the first round. Gentil went on to win the bronze medal.”
Source: Sports Reference


1988 Seoul Olympics

1998 Olympic Taekwondo Welterweight Semi-Final: Warwick vs Hyun
Taekwondo was a demonstration sport in the home country of Korea. This match between Chung Kook Hyun (KOR) and Jay Warwick (USA) was anticipated as one of the premier matches of these games. One of the announcers even mentions that “this should have been the final.”
Watch now: 1988 Olympic Welterweight Semi-Final (3:05)

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“Taekwondo Philosophy in the Olympic Movement”
by Dr. Ken Min
1st World Taekwondo Symposium
12th Men’s & 5th Women’s World Taekwondo Championships
Manila, Philippines
November 15-21, 1995

Exciting Olympic Action!

Don’t Blink: Olympic Taekwondo Action!
A select list of videos and information about Taekwondo competition in the Olympics. See fast, furious, spectacular action and stunning kicks.