An inspiring story of how a dream took "the first family of tae kwon do" from Texas to Olympic glory in Beijing! The Lopez siblings' remarkable account records their parents' emigration from Nicaragua; traces their upbringing in an atmosphere of love, support, healthy competition, and faith; and culminates when they become champions in the 2008 Olympic games. 272 pages, hardcover from Penguin.
Format: Hardcover Number of Pages: 272 Vendor: Celebra Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.25 (inches) ISBN: 0451228510 ISBN-13: 9780451228512 Availability: In Stock
An inspiring sports memoir from the family who captured America?s heart at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The Lopez family set new records at the Beijing Olympics with three siblings on the same U.S. taekwondo team?and a fourth sibling as their coach. Mark took the silver medal, and Steven and Diana both brought home the bronze, with big brother Jean coaching them to victory. Here, for the first time, is the inspiring story of a family united behind a dream.
In 1972 Julio Lopez and his wife Ondina emigrated from Nicaragua, hoping for a better life for their family in America. In an atmosphere of love, support, mutual respect, and healthy competition, their children trained hard in taekwondo, daring to dream they might reach the pinnacle of their athletic field in the Olympics. Told in turn by Steven, Mark, Diana, and Jean, this is the incredible story of how one close-knit family?s boundless determination and rock-solid support system took them from their home in Texas to Olympic glory in Beijing.
Jean, Steven, Mark, and Diana Lopez are all USA National Team Members in taekwondo, and represented the U.S. at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, marking the first time since 1904 that three siblings have been on the same Olympic team-and with a fourth sibling as coach.
If there was an Olympics in family togetherness, the Lopezes might also win the gold. People