Paige McPherson

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Paige McPherson
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Personal information
Born (1990-10-01) October 1, 1990 (age 28)
Abilene, Texas
Residence Miami, Florida
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb)
Sport
Country  United States
Sport Taekwondo
Event(s) Welterweight (67 kg)
Coached by Juan 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]

McPherson was a silver medalist at the 2011 Pan Am Games.[3]

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.[4] McPherson went on to win a bronze medal by defeating Franka Anić of Slovenia 8-3.[5]

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 Olympic Games if Rio, Brazil.[6]

McPherson grew up in Sturgis, South Dakota.[7] She and four other siblings were adopted by Dave and Susan McPherson.[8] Her biological family includes an older brother and two half-siblings.[9] She is of Filipino and African-American descent.[10] She graduated from Black Hills Classical Christian Academy in 2009, and then went on to attend Miami-Dade College.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paige McPherson competes in Olympic Games". South Dakota Public Broadcasting. July 27, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Paige McPherson". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Paige McPherson advances". ESPN.com. Associated Press. August 10, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  5. ^ Cherwa, John; Dillman, Lisa (August 10, 2012). "OLYMPICS ROUNDUP Paige McPherson wins bronze in taekwondo". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  6. ^ Zirogiannis, Marc (September 2016). "The Age of McFierce". Tae Kwon Do Life Magazine. 2 (September 2016): 18–22. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  7. ^ Holland, Deb. "Paige McPherson plans visit to Sturgis". Meade County Times-Tribune. Rapid City Journal. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  8. ^ Holland, Deb (July 27, 2012). "Sturgis woman going for Olympic gold". Meade County Times–Tribune. Rapid City Journal. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  9. ^ Florek, Michael (June 19, 2012). "Olympic taekwondo star is one of five adopted kids in family". USA Today. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  10. ^ Rodriguez, Alex (November 22, 2012). "Paige McPherson: She's McFierce". Miami New Times. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  11. ^ Knuckles, Dennis (March 23, 2012). "McPherson ready to live Olympic dream". Black Hills Pioneer. Retrieved October 27, 2014.

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