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Steven Lopez is competing in taekwondo at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Steven Lopez is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist; he is the only man ever to win five World Championships in Taekwondo. Lopez was named one of People Magazine's Hottest Bachelors in 2004. He is also featured as one of the eligible celebrity bachelors in FOX's reality dating series "The Choice."

Steven Lopez has seemingly accomplished all there is in the sport of taekwondo, yet he's still competing to add more hardware to his extensive resume. At Taekwondo's Olympic debut in 2000, the then-21-year-old Lopez won the featherweight division; in Athens, he took gold in the welterweight class. Still in welterweight, Lopez will head to London alongside his sister, Diana, who took bronze in Beijing.

The 2005 World Championships were one of the sweetest for the Lopez clan. In addition to Steven claiming his third straight title, brother Mark (men's featherweight) and sister Diana (women's featherweight) won their divisions as well. This marked the first time — in any sport — that three siblings earned world titles at the same event. Later that year, Steven and Mark were named 2005 USA Taekwondo Male Co-Athletes of the Year.

The Lopez family was rocked in February 2006, when it learned that Steven had tested positive for a banned substance (L-methamphetamine) on January 7, 2006. He said it came from an over-the-counter vapor inhaler he used. Lopez promptly accepted a three-month suspension and participated in an educational anti-doping program.

Jean took up taekwondo first, and Steven began practicing at age 5. Soon all four of the Lopezes were involved, and they turned the family's two-car garage into a makeshift gym. The siblings woke up at 5 a.m. to train before school, then practiced again after school and at night. The family's washer and dryer were in the garage too, and on cold days during the winter, their mother timed her dryer cycle to coincide with practice to keep the kids warm.

Lopez, who lives just outside Houston in Sugar Land, graduated in 1997 from Kempner High School, where he was voted "most likely to succeed." He also was a member of the National Honor Society. His parents, Julio and Ondina, are from Nicaragua, and Lopez is fluent in Spanish. His heroes are Muhammad Ali and his brother Jean. He has appeared in People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People.




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STEVEN LOPEZ: FACTS

How tall is Steven Lopez? How old is Steven Lopez? Where does Steven Lopez live? Find out here.

Age: 35 years old
Birthday: November 9, 1978
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs.
Birthplace: New York, NY
Hometown: Sugar Land, TX
Current Residence: Sugar Land, TX





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