Yvette Yong made her international competitive debut at the 2004 World Youth Championships. Her first international medal, a bronze, came at the 2005 Pan American Youth Championships. Moving into the senior ranks in 2006 at age 16, she captured gold in the 47kg division at the Pan Am Championships. She added another Pan Am gold in 2012 in the 46kg division. Her breakout season was in 2010 when she stood on the podium in all three tournaments she entered. She followed that terrific season with gold in five of her seven events in 2011-12. After winning silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Championships, Yong found the podium in every tournament she entered, up to the 2015 World Championships, a run that included seven medals (1 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze). Yong has reached the finals at four straight Pan American Championships, bringing home two gold (2018, 2012) and two silver (2016, 2014) medals. In 2018, she won gold at the Military World Championships. As of June 20, 2019, she is ranked eighth in the world in the Olympic 49kg weight class.


Getting into the Sport: Started taekwondo at age 9… Her father was a Kung Fu instructor… As an active kid she wanted to join a Kung Fu school but came across a taekwondo club near her house, so started lessons as a birthday present… Outside Interests: Enjoys cooking and baking, as well as reading and writing which helps her concentrate and keep her mind focused…  Odds and Ends: Inspired by her parents who have shown that hard work and determination in everything will lead to success… Collects mini cups or mugs from her travels… Nicknames: Ninja, Little Tiger, Shorty… Listens to music and prays before competing…