11-year-old taekwondo national champion has heart set on Olympics


— AT AGE AT 11? THIS LITTLE GIRL IS TRYING TO MAKE HER OLYMPIC DREAMS COME TRUE. MATT: 11-YEAR-OLD KATY SMITH PUT HER SKILLS ON DISPLAY THIS SUMMER IN CITIES LIKE ST. LOUIS, FORT LAUDERDALE, AND AUSTIN, TEXAS WHERE SHE WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. MATT: I USED TO DO LOCAL TOURNAMENTS. SHE NOW OWNS A BLACK BELT AND A SPOT ON THE U.S. NATIONAL CADET TEAM. DREAMS OF MASTERING MARTIAL ARTS. WHEN I DISCOVERED IT WAS IN THE OLYMPICS, I WILL — IOWA ALWAYS WANTED TO BECOME AN OLYMPIAN. HE POLICE THAT IS A REALISTIC GOAL. — HE BELIEVES THAT IS A REALISTIC GOAL. IF SHE CONTINUES TO HAVE THE MINDSET SHE HAS RIGHT NOW. MATT: SHE APPEARS TO BE ON THE RIGHT PATH. SHE SPENT TIME AT THE OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER. WE PRACTICE OUR KICKS. WE LEARN NEW TECHNIQUES. MATT: LATER THIS MONTH, SHE WILL APPLY THOSE NEW TECHNIQUES AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN KOREA. I WANT TO SHOW THE USA COACHES THAT I AM READY AND I CAN MAKE ALL OF THESE TEAMS AND I AM WILLING TO GO ON TO THE MATT: SHE MUST NOW DEMONSTRATE PATIENCE. SHE CANNOT COMPETE IN THE 11TH UNTIL SHE IS 16-YEAR-OLD BUT HAS HER EYES SET ON TOKYO IN 2020. ANDY: HOW ABOUT THAT. OLYMPICS UNTIL YOUR 16.

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