GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — The first man from the United States to compete in taekwondo at the Paralympic Games is from West Michigan. He is also the first American to win a Paralympic medal in the sport.
Evan Medell, 24, of Grand Haven earned a bronze medal on Saturday while competing in Tokyo.
Medell started his taekwondo training at Lakeshore Taekwondo Academy in Grand Haven.
Medell spoke to News 8 Sunday about the win.
“It feels good that I have a medal and something to bring home,” Medell said.
He says he pushed hard after the semifinal to come back with the bronze medal win.
“I made sure I still had my confidence to go out there an execute and believe that I still have what it takes to win a match,” he said.
Medell says he’s excited to be back home to spend time with family and is looking forward to a Thanksgiving at home.