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THOUGHTS OF TOKYO DANCING IN HER HEAD

Skylar Park has spent almost her entire life competing in taekwondo. She started at the age of two, had her black belt by the time she was seven and now, at 20, she will not only represent Canada at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.

In late December, SportsLife photographer James Carey Lauder and I invited Skylar and her dad – and coach – Master Jae H. Park to Carey’s studio in downtown Winnipeg for what turned out to be a chill Saturday morning talking shop and taking our cover photo for the first edition of 2020.

As Master/Coach Jae pointed out, Skylar is a product of “the family business,” the Tae Ryong Park Academy in Winnipeg. Her two brothers are National Team members and in total, there are 16 members of her family have earned varying levels of their black belts.

What’s most interesting about Skylar is the fact that she has a legitimate chance to win gold in Tokyo. Granted, she’ll have to beat two-time gold medallist and current world champion in the 57-kilo division, Britain’s Jade Jones, but based on her performances in 2019, Skylar is certainly capable.

This is our second 2020 Olympic cover and it’s something that will be a bit of theme this year as we head toward to the Games in Tokyo that run from July 24-Aug. 9.

Our interview with Skylar and Jae Park appears on Page 24. We hope you enjoy her story and thanks for picking up this edition of SportsLife Magazine.

SCOTT TAYLOR

Editor-in-Chief

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