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posted: 7/23/2014 7:34 AM

Pride of Palatine

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  • Nancy Cabrera after her win at the 2014 Illinois Taekwondo State Championship and earned her a spot at the USA Taekwondo National Championships.  IBRM Imagery

      Nancy Cabrera after her win at the 2014 Illinois Taekwondo State Championship and earned her a spot at the USA Taekwondo National Championships. IBRM Imagery

 
Lily Saglin

Palatine was well represented when Nancy Cabrera competed amongst a group of thousands of athletes who descended upon San Jose, California for the 2014 USA Taekwondo National Championships from July 1-July 7.

Cabrera, who will be starting her Senior year at Palatine High, proudly earned her spot on the highest platform available with a gold medal win for poomsae (forms) complemented with a bronze for splintering her way to a third place finish in board breaking. According to event officials, a dual-medal win is not an easy achievement and something that only a very small percentage of athletes are capable of achieving.

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"Nancy now has two more medals to add to her already impressive collection," boasted Head Master Shik Lee owner or the Wheeling-based White Tiger Martial Arts Center in which Cabrera trains. "Nancy's not only a great athlete, she's also a fantastic role model for the younger kids; they all look up to her and I'm not surprised why."

While many spend their summers just lounging about, this powerhouse teen has much more to brag about heading into her final year of high school.

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