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2012 Olympics: Alexandria man competing in London Olympics

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Alexandria’s Terrence Jennings beat the odds, knocking out the competition to land one of two spots on the U.S. men’s Taekwondo Summer Olympic team.

Jennings will compete for the United States in the 2012 Summer Games. (Photo: ABC7)

In a couple weeks, the 26-year-old will head to London to compete in the 2012 games. But despite this once in a lifetime opportunity, Jennings remains humble.

“It’s a blessing, it's a privilege and I’m excited,” he said.

More than a decade ago, TJ, as he’s known to his friends and colleagues, began dreaming of this very moment.

The former track athlete was walking through Landmark Mall when he spotted a sign for a new Taekwondo school. Later that day, he showed up for class where he met world renowned coach Patrice Remarck.

“He's somebody that is always challenging himself, pushing himself, he's got drive he is very confident and his style is aggressive,” Remarck said.

Taekwondo quickly went from a hobby to hours of training each day for TJ and their student-teacher relationship soon blossomed into much more.

“He's my Taekwondo dad, without this none of this would have been possible,” Jennings said of his coach.

While TJ hopes he can bring home the Olympic gold medal, he says his family, coaches and his love for the sport are the driving forces behind his success.

Both, Jennings and his coach, will head across the pond, but they won’t be on the same team.

Jennings will be coached by the USA team coaches, while Remarck will be coaching other athletes, including one from the Ivory Coast.

“It will all come down to this one moment,” Jennings said. “We have six minutes to express everything over the span of years of hard work. Being able to bring home the gold would mean the world to me and I’m sure everyone around me.

For more information on the Remarck Sport Taekwondo training center, visit http://www.remarcksport.com/.

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