Maple Grove’s Grandmaster Lee to coach USA Taekwondo Olympic team
Grandmaster Eui Lee, the head instructor at the World Taekwondo Academy of Maple Grove, is in London for the 2012 Olympic games as one of the assistant coaches for the 2012 USA Taekwondo Olympic Team.
Coach Lee went through several rounds of interviews with USA Taekwondo before being notified in early July that he was selected as an assistant coach. He currently holds the position of Jr. Nationals Coach for USA Taekwondo.
“I received the call that I was selected for the final coaching position for the London Olympics,” Lee said. “I am truly honored and excited to be a part of the Olympic Games. I owe so much to my family, staff and our taekwondo family. Without this supporting cast this would not have happened.”
Lee arrived in London July 24 from Florida, where he worked at the USA Taekwondo Olympic team’s training camp. The 2012 Olympic Taekwondo competition begins Wednesday, Aug. 8.
His role during the Olympics will be to work with trainers and athletes that come to assist.
“I will help the coaching staff prepare the Olympians,” he added. “I will get to work with different assignments each day. I will be getting people geared up, scouting warm ups, game matches, that type of thing.”
Lee said he is most looking forward to seeing how well the taekwondo athletes do in the Olympic games. “With all the time everyone has put in, my main agenda is to help get guys on the podium,” he said.
The World Taekwondo Academy students are excited for Grandmaster Lee, according to Lee. “We are very fortunate to have a close-knit community with all the students at the school,” he added.
Grandmaster Lee is also the Head Coach of the Minnesota Peak Performance Competition Team and President of the Minnesota Taekwondo Association, a non-profit organization promoting the sport of taekwondo and supporting athletes who cannot afford to be in a formal taekwondo program.
Lee started Taekwondo at the age of 4 under his father Grandmaster Byung Yul Lee. Grandmaster Lee is the most successful taekwondo athlete in the Midwest area and the only professional taekwondo athlete in Minnesota.
Coach Lee joins existing Taekwondo Olympic Coaches Juan Moreno and Gene Lopez. Lee will be in London for three weeks.
Taekwondo is one of two Martial Arts (Judo) in the Olympic Games and is the most popular Martial Arts studied in the world. The team is supported by USA Taekwondo the governing body for the sport of taekwondo.