Six knee surgeries later, this Pasadena woman is ready for the Olympics

From Click 2 Houston:

Among those getting ready to compete in the Tokyo Olympics is one woman who trains in Houston.

Victoria Stambaugh, 28, from Pasadena said although her road to the Olympics has been anything but easy since recovering from six knee surgeries, she’s determined to give Puerto Rico’s taekwondo team all she got.

“The last one, which was in 2019, I thought it was going to be my career-ending surgery, but it turns out it wasn’t,” Stambaugh optimistically exclaimed.

During the 2019 operation, doctors even removed some of the meniscus, which is a C-shaped piece of tough, rubbery cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between your shinbone and thighbone.

According to her strength training coach Blaine Schmidt, there’s not much that can slow her down.

“She was ready last year. She’s been biting at the bit to get out there, so I think she’s definitely ready. Mentally and physically, yes,” Schmidt said.

There’s a challenge to strength training taekwondo athletes, according to Schmidt. He said due to the kicks and hits, there’s an increased chance of damaging tissue in the joints. However, he said Stambaugh is back to full strength and they’re working on fine-tuning some movements before she heads to Tokyo.

Story source: Click 2 Houston

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