Madelynn Gorman-Shore doesn’t feel the pressure of facing top-notch competition in a major pre-Olympic taekwondo tournament. The 20-year-old from Littleton, Colorado, is only focused on continuing her recent success when she competes at this week’s 2019 World Taekwondo Championships in Manchester, England.
“I do have expectations, but it’s not a pressure kind of expectations,” Gorman-Shore said. “I’m excited to compete.
“I’m focused on this tournament primarily right now, but it’s always in the back of my mind — 2020 (Olympics) — because that’s been a dream since I was like 7.”
Gorman-Shore won a breakout Grand Slam silver medal in December and has since won six more medals in as many competitions.
The world championships begin Wednesday at Manchester Arena with 975 athletes from 150 countries and a refugee team competing under World Taekwondo’s flag. The tournament will feature eight weight classes for men and women, and Gorman-Shore’s middleweight category (-73 kg.) features several likely contenders for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
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