This weekend, 18-year-old Anastasija Zolotic became the first American to win gold in women's taekwondo, defeating her opponent, the ROC's Tatiana Minina, with a score of 25-17 at the Olympics in Tokyo. Enthusiastically announcing the historic moment was taekwondo analyst Sherman M. Nelson Jr., who, according to his LinkedIn account, currently serves as USA Taekwondo's minister of information.
As time counted down during the match, Nelson said, "We are under 10 seconds, and I'm losing it slowly and surely because in two seconds — we have the first women gold medal in Olympic history." He made it clear that Zolotic's win for Team USA was years in the making as he passionately said, "This is what we've been waiting for, working for, dreaming about," then exclaimed, "I can't take it!" five times while Zolotic and her coach cheered. His excitement had taekwondo fans and novices alike equally ecstatic about her win.
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