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Lopez is setting his sights on winning gold in Taekwondo at the Olympics this summer but knows it won’t be an easy fight.
“There’s so much that comes into being an Olympic champion in Taekwondo, it’s not just kicking and punching,” said Lopez. “There’s track workouts, there’s Olympic lifts, there’s footwork; there’s power metric drills.”
Not to mention getting the right amount of sleep, and most importantly: “You have to be careful what it is that you’re putting into your body. You’re red lining your body; you’re expecting it to give great output,” said Lopez.
The 1997 Kempner High School graduate captured gold in Taekwondo at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, and then four years later followed that up with an Olympic gold medal in Athens, Greece.
“One of the greatest feelings I’ve ever had is being on that first-place podium, you know, being awarded the gold medal, watching my flag being raised and listening to my national anthem,” said Lopez with a smile.
Lopez took home bronze in 2008 at the Olympic games in Beijing, and here’s the cool part about that year: “My family and I made Olympic history: it was three siblings all to make the same Olympic team,” said Lopez. “And my older brother [Jean] being the coach as the Olympic coach … it was phenomenal.”
Steven’s brother Mark Lopez took the silver while sister Diana Lopez brought home a bronze medal in Beijing.
For now, Lopez is focusing on training for the ultimate Taekwondo battle in London.
“We train anywhere between two and three times a day; between four to six hours a day,” said Lopez.
Those hours of training just might turn into gold.