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Athletes of the Week: McGarvey and O'Connell

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

What happened in Vegas made big news in Eastern Iowa for a couple of Peak Performance Taekwondo club members. 14 year-old Morgan McGarvey and 15 year old Courtney O'Connell both captured medals at the prestigious U-S Open Taekwondo Championships in Las Vegas.

McGarvey won her division --becoming the first Iowan to win a US Open title since another club member Trent Thompkins won gold back in 1997.

While O'Connell captured a bronze medal in her biggest taekwondo competition so far.. and what made it even more impressive is that Courtney was recovering from the flu-- and McGarvey was nursing a ankle injury. And they did it facing some of the best competition in the World.

Morgan McGarvey is the top ranked 14 year-old in the country at her weight class--- she captured the Canadian Open last June--- and is on her way now to compete in the German Open later this week...

While Courtney is beginning to make her mark on the national and international stages-- and she is ranked among the top 3 in her age and weight class in the United States.

Peak Performance head coach Russ O'Connell says both girls have bright futures.

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