PV2 Russell Gresham

Taekwondo 87kg+

Hometown: Summerville, South Carolina
High School: Ashley Ridge High
College: Olney Central College
Joined Army: October 2018
MOS: 88K, Watercraft Operator

After high school, Russell decided to try taekwondo – even though he’d earned a college scholarship for basketball. He had always been interested in martial arts, and thought his long legs could give him an advantage in the sport. It seems he bet right: recent years have brought him two gold medals in the South Carolina State Championships and two silvers in the USA Taekwondo National Championships. A full time firefighter/EMT for four years before joining the Army, Russell now represents his nation as a WCAP Soldier-athlete.

It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one, than to have one and not be prepared.

Career Highlights

2018 USA Taekwondo National Championships Silver Medalist
2017, 2018 South Carolina State Champion

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