Laurie Lai

2016 All-Star Team

Name: Laurie Lai

College affiliation: Harvard University
Course of study: Law
Degree: JD
Year: 2016
Hometown: St. Joseph, Michigan
Collegiate Coach: Dan Chuang

Other Coach: Jacque Cole-Husseini and Naji Husseini; Ron Southwick; Anh, Huy, and Long Nyguyen; Tanya Panizzo
Weight Class: Bantam

Interests outside of Taekwondo: 

In addition to taekwondo, I love eating, reading, hiking, Ultimate Frisbee, flag football, euchre, and karaoke.


Thoughts on the ECTC (INCTL) or Taekwondo in general:

I love the ECTC because of its incredible competitive spirit. The league pushes athletes to continually improve, and also encourages respect and camaraderie. I have grown so much as an athlete through competing in the ECTC, and many of my fellow competitors are now lifelong friends. Thanks so much to everyone on Harvard Taekwondo and t.Bos Competition Team for being not just my fellow foodies, karaoke-singers, picnic-goers, tree-climbers, study buddies, gooey-pie eaters, snowmen-builders, physical therapy buddies, rice-ball makers, and stadium runners, but the best teammates and friends I could possibly have hoped for.

Non-ECTC Tournament Records:

2014 NCTA Championships -- Team Poomsae, Bronze (with Hilary Monaco and Soyeon Park)
2015 Pan American University Taekwondo Championship – Individual 1st dan, Bronze
2015 Northeast Technical Championship – Individual, Bronze; Pairs, Bronze (with Renee Zhao)
2016 U.S. Open Taekwondo Championship -- Team Poomsae, Silver (with Renee Zhao and Hilary Monaco)