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Metro students win medals at national taekwondo championships
December 1, 2004
Students in the taekwondo class taught by part-time faculty member Bill Pottle came away with several medals from the United States National Taekwondo Championships held Nov. 5-8 at the World Arena in Colorado Springs.

According to Pottle, the students trained hard not only in class, but also on their own time at the Korean Academy of Taekwondo. "They trained up to three times a day, often staying until 10 or 11 at night," he said.

The training paid off. Three students competed in the Color Belt (novice) divisions and won medals in every event they entered. Katie Hoffman took Bronze in the women's Green Belt Forms Division (under 134 pounds) and Silver in the Green Belt Sparring Division (121-134 pounds). Isidro Susano took Silver in the men's Green Belt Sparring Division (141-154 pounds), losing in the finals by only one point. David Rodriguez won the bronze in the men's Blue Belt Sparring Division (141-154 pounds).

The tournament brought the best taekwondo athletes from across the country to Colorado Springs. The students were able to meet with current and former Olympic athletes, Pottle said.

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