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Wapsie Valley teen has sights set on 2016 Olympic Games


At 5 feet 9 and 170 pounds, Morgan McGarvey, an eighth grader at Wapsie Valley Middle School is "God's Gift" to the sport of Taekwondo.

McGarvey combines the speed of a featherweight-- with the power and strength of a heavyweight.

 "She fights with the guys and she fights hard," Her coach Russ O'Connell said. "She has five knockouts this year!"

Last month at the Canadian Open in Toronto, McGarvey gave the world a glimpse of her enormous potential. Competing without her coach Russ O'Connell,  the 13 year-old won the Black Belt Heavyweight Division...becoming the first Iowan in 21 years to win an International gold in Taekwondo.

"It's pretty special for her to win this and not only did she win it she took out the Canadian and US champions so that's a pretty cool thing," O'Connell said.

What's also cool is that Morgan and some her teammates get a chance to train with the best in the sport. O'Connell has a tight relationship with U.S. Olympic Taekwondo head coach Juan Moreno. And Morgan and some her teammates just returned from a training session in Florida with the Olympic coach. Morgan isn't shy to talk about what she wants.

"The Olympics", Morgan exclaims! "The first  next Olympics I will be 16 and I want to make the Olympic Trials."

Morgan's coach Russ O'Connell says the 2016 Games are a long ways off, but don't bet against her.

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