Skylar Park had a breakout performance at the 2016 World Taekwondo Junior Championships in Burnaby, British Columbia when she won gold in the 59kg weight class. It was also in 2016 that she competed in her first senior-level international events, before she fully transitioned into senior competition in 2017. It was then she realized that avoiding mistakes and believing she belonged with the best in the world would be as important a factor to her success as her physical strength.
With that understanding, she achieved career highlights in 2019, including a bronze medal at the World Taekwondo Championships (57kg) and a silver medal at the Pan American Games (57kg) in Lima, as she stood on the podium in eight of her 11 international events.
Park made her Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 where she reached the quarterfinals in the 57kg event. In 2022, she won her third straight gold medal at the Pan American Championships. That year, she also won three World Taekwondo Grand Prix bronze medals, including at the Grand Prix Final in Riyadh.
A Little More About Skylar
Getting into the Sport: Says she has been doing taekwondo since she could walk, getting started at the dojang run by her family when she was 2… Her father (who is also her coach) and grandfather are both taekwondo Masters… 16 family members are black belts, including her two younger brothers, mother, father, grandfather, aunts, uncles and cousins… Her grandmother says she doesn’t need a black belt because everyone else can protect her… Outside Interests: Studying kinesiology online through the University of Manitoba…
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Notable International Results
Olympic Games: 2020 - 9th (57kg) Pan American Games: 2019 – SILVER (57kg) World Taekwondo Championships: 2022 – Round of 16 (57kg); 2019 – BRONZE (57kg); 2017 – Round of 16 (57kg) World Taekwondo Junior Championships: 2016 – GOLD (59kg) Pan American Championships: 2022 – GOLD (57kg) 2021 - GOLD (57kg); 2018 – GOLD (57kg); 2016 – BRONZE (57kg)