Emma Collo, an incoming freshman at San Marino High School, won a silver medal in the Cadet Division at the finals of the USAT National Taekwondo championships, which were held recently in Richmond, Va.
The competition is a seven-day event contested among participants of different age groups, levels, and techniques – from board breaking, weapons, forms and sparring.
Emma competed on Day 4 for forms, with the top 8 of the 94 advancing to the United States National Team trials and a chance to compete at the World Championships, which will take place later this year in Peru.
Emma competed on Day 5 in sparring, as a cadet (12-14 year-old) black belt. In her first match, Emma won in overtime over the 2016 Canadian Open gold medalist. In her second match, Emma claimed a 3-1 victory of the 2016 U.S. Open silver medalist. In the semifinals, Emma took a 10-0 decision over a foe from New York. But in the finals, she came up short against the 2016 U.S. Open bronze medalist, by a final tally of 7-6.
This is Emma’s first time earning a spot on the U.S. National Team. In 2014, she won a bronze medal at the U.S. Nationals and in 2013 won bronze at the U.S. Open.
Emma has participated in taekwondo since the age of 6. She is a 3rd degree black belt in the disciplines of poomsae and sparring.
Her father, Wyeth, is a teacher and golf coach at San Marino High School. He is also a black belt. Wyeth and his wife, Dr. Cindy Collo, also have a son, Samuel, who excels in and teaches the sport.
Emma is coached by Joseph Salin, a former Olympian and Olympic team head coach. She will soon begin training as part of the United States national team in Colorado.