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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/05/2012

Terrence Jennings’ taekwondo journey: From Landmark Mall to T.C. Williams to the Olympics

Terrence Jennings of Alexandria delivers a kick to Mark Lopez during the finals of the Olympic team trials taekwondo match in Colorado Springs last month. Jennings won. (David Zalubowski - AP)
Alexandria native Terrence Jennings is 25, which can be old for an Olympic athlete. But he never quit trying to make the American Olympic team in taekwondo, after his weight class wasn’t included in the 2004 Olympics, and a knee injury kept him out of the 2008 games.

Now he has made the team, and The Post’s Amy Shipley has his remarkable story. His journey started when he spotted a video of the ever-dynamic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Landmark Mall when he was 10. He was offered a free martial arts lesson, and with his mother’s permission, took it. His potential was soon spotted, and he began winning tournaments at age 13. He later graduated from T.C. Williams High School and attended Northern Virginia Community College.

In the story, Jennings’ parents, who now live in Dumfries, mentioned that they did not have the money to travel to London for the Olympics in August. So Washington attorney Rick Joyce stepped up and has offered to donate the airfare for one ticket to England, and he is raising money for a second. If you want to help, there’s more information here.

And here is video of Jennings competing in the 2010 World Cup

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