Valley woman training for taekwondo team for Rio

A Valley woman has her eyes set on the Olympic team and getting the gold.

If there's one young lady who has a fighting chance of winning gold at the 2016 Summer Olympic games in Rio, it's Jenny Quezada. She's a master martial artist in taekwondo and just won a silver medal at the U.S. National Tournament.

"For me, it's just been little baby steps at a time," Jenny said. "And now it's again seeing it and it my head and envisioning it for myself; seeing me on that podium, with that us flag on the background with that national anthem.

"It's extremely exciting. It's the fire that keeps me going ... going to national -- again you work hard, you see a result. It just makes you want to achieve more."

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But Jenny almost never got to achieve any of this. It all started when she first got the taekwondo kick as a little girl.

"My parents are both from Mexico and they came here for that American dream for the family. My dad works at a dairy farm and we still live there. So he was working two jobs full-time. So, he really didn't sleep.""I was eight years old when I wanted to become a Power Ranger," she said. "I liked Kim because she was the pink Power Ranger. But Tom was the best Power Ranger -- the white one -- so I always wanted to be Tommy.

 

But it was worth it. Now that work and all of Jenny's hard work is paying off.

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"A lot of people have talent," said Jenny's coach, Grand Master Rubben Lolly. "But it's not that often that you find somebody willing to put in the work to become one. Jenny's special."

Jenny still has a couple big steps to climb before she makes it to Rio. First, she has to make the U.S. National Taekwondo Team. And then the U.S. Olympic Team.

Find out more about Jenny on her website and at First Taekwondo.

 

 

 


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