USAT Grand Slam
Taekwondo in the United States is growing! USA Taekwondo just announced a new series of events called the Grand Slam Invitational. The Grand Slam will be ranked a 16.0, one of the highest ranking events our country will see! The National Rankings System was introduced in January of 2018 and ranks top athletes in our country based on performance. USAT’s Executive Director, Steve Mcnally, said:
“The new ranking system serves multiple purposes for us and our members - it provides a much more compelling reason to compete more often, and in quality competition, than we have had before, and in doing so will drive up the standard of competition. In turn, this will help us to produce better quality athletes. If the membership gets behind this initiative as we hope and believe they will it will also help us to provide much greater financial support to a much larger number of athletes, all of which will build towards our goal of returning to the top of the medal podium in international, and particularly Olympic competitions.”
The USAT Grand Slam is an invite-only competition. The event is only open to World Class Cadets, Juniors and Seniors who are ranked in the top 6 of their respective weight categories, and the top medalists in each division at the 2019 USA Taekwondo National Championships held in Minneapolis, MN later this year. Only the best of the best in our country will have a chance to face off for the points and perks of winning the Grand Slam Invitational. The series will take place at the National Center of Excellence in Colorado Springs over three weekends in September, October and November.
The winner and runner-up in each weight category will advance to phase 2 of the Athlete Academy selection process, and receive free entry into the 2020 U.S. Open Championships as well as some sweet Grand Slam apparel!
Spirit Taekwondo already has a handful of athletes ranked in the top 10 of their respective divisions. Through our continued hard work and dedication we are hoping to send athletes to the Grand Slam Invitational. It would be a true honor to represent Spirit Taekwondo alongside our country’s best fighters!
To get more information on the Grand Slam Invitational, follow this link: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Taekwondo/Features/2019/May/05/New-US-Grand-Slam-Series-launches-in-2019
To check out the National Rankings, follow this link: