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Part Owner of Hoosier Park Gets ‘Kicks’ at Taekwondo Event

August 18, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Kristi (Koch) George (right) demonstrates her skills at world taekwondo championships in Russia.

Kristi (Koch) George, a native of Santa Claus, Ind., traveled to Vladivostok, Russia, recently to complete in the 2011 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships.

A neurologist in Indianapolis, George is the daughter of Pat Koch and the late Bill Koch and is part-owner of Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort and the Santa Claus Christmas Store, both located in Santa Claus.

As a member of the U.S. National Taekwondo Poomsae Team, George and fellow pair competitor, Garth Cooley, finished the first round of the competition in seventh place, according to a news release. The pair then advanced to finish the overall competition in fifth place. Cooley is a seventh-degree black belt and former world sparring medalist, and George, a third-degree black belt.

This was their highest to date. George and Cooley also participated in the pair competition in 2010, during which they secured a sixth place world championship finish.

“I am proud of each and every U.S. athlete who competed at this year’s WTF World Poomsae Championship,” said Jimmy Kim, U.S. Head Coach. “Although the U.S. Poomsae Team did not win any medals this year, the overall quality of all of our athletes is markedly improved. We have made it into more semifinal and final rounds than ever before, even in some of the most competitive divisions.”

“Poomsae” means “articles of cultivation” in Korean. It is a series of standardized movements, kicks and punches to demonstrate balance and power.

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