Paige McPherson

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Paige McPherson
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McPherson in 2012
Personal information
Born (1990-10-01) October 1, 1990 (age 30)
Abilene, Texas
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight67 kg (148 lb)
Country United States
Event(s)Welterweight (67 kg)
Coached byJuan Moreno
Updated on 19 September 2018.

Paige Arielle "McFierce" McPherson (born October 1, 1990, in Abilene, Texas) is an Olympic taekwondo competitor from the United States.[1][2]


Early life and education[edit]

McPherson grew up in Sturgis, South Dakota.[3] She and four other siblings were adopted by Susan and Dave McPherson.[4] Her biological family includes an older brother and two half-siblings.[5] She is of African American and Filipino descent.[6] She graduated from Black Hills Classical Christian Academy in 2009 and then went on to attend Miami-Dade College.[7]


McPherson was a silver medalist at the 2011 Pan Am Games.[8]

She represented the USA at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the women’s 67 kg taekwondo event and in the preliminary round secured a surprise defeat over Team GB's Sarah Stevenson.[9] McPherson went on to win a bronze medal by defeating Franka Anić of Slovenia, 8-3.[10]

After winning a gold medal in the 2016 Pan American Games McPherson was selected to represent the United States as a member of the Team USA Taekwondo Team in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil.[11] At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she lost her first match against Farida Azizova.[2]

She has qualified to represent the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics.[12]


  1. ^ "Paige McPherson competes in Olympic Games". South Dakota Public Broadcasting. July 27, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Paige McPherson". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  3. ^ Holland, Deb. "Paige McPherson plans visit to Sturgis". Meade County Times-Tribune. Rapid City Journal. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  4. ^ Holland, Deb (July 27, 2012). "Sturgis woman going for Olympic gold". Meade County Times–Tribune. Rapid City Journal. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  5. ^ Florek, Michael (June 19, 2012). "Olympic taekwondo star is one of five adopted kids in family". USA Today. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  6. ^ Rodriguez, Alex (November 22, 2012). "Paige McPherson: She's McFierce". Miami New Times. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  7. ^ Knuckles, Dennis (March 23, 2012). "McPherson ready to live Olympic dream". Black Hills Pioneer. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  8. ^ Aldred, Tanya (August 10, 2012). "London 2012 Olympics: tragic death of parents puts defeat in perspective for Sarah Stevenson". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  9. ^ "Paige McPherson advances". Associated Press. August 10, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  10. ^ Cherwa, John; Dillman, Lisa (August 10, 2012). "OLYMPICS ROUNDUP Paige McPherson wins bronze in taekwondo". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  11. ^ Zirogiannis, Marc (September 2016). "The Age of McFierce". Tae Kwon do Life Magazine. 2 (September 2016): 18–22. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  12. ^ OlympicTalk (2021-06-19). "U.S. Olympic team roster: Athletes qualified for Tokyo Games". OlympicTalk | NBC Sports. Retrieved 2021-06-19.

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