Oklahoma man is headed to compete in Summer Olympics

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OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma man is gearing up to compete in the Summer Olympics.

Stephen Lambdin is busy at Poos Taekwondo before he heads to Rio to represent Team USA in the Summer Olympics.

"The statistical odds of getting to this point are astronomical. The hard work's done. Now, the fun part gets to happen," Lambdin said.

There may not be as much pressure, but the hard work is far from over.

"A lot of lifting, a lot of meditation and, actually, a lot of yoga," Lambdin said.

Lambdin will have three hour-long Taekwondo sessions, three hour-long yoga classes and three 90-minute heavy weight lifting sessions a week.

On top of that, he'll be going to different states to compete with other athletes.

Lambdin won his first Taekwondo award when he was 8 but, at 28 years old, he's never gotten an honor like this.

"It's still sinking in a bit, but it's an extremely surreal feeling, because this is something I've been working for since I was 6 years old," Lambdin said.

His main inspiration for getting into the sport?

"Actually, I wanted to be a ninja turtle. Turns out, I'm the wrong species, and they're a tight-knit group. Hard to get in with," Lambdin said.

Now, this Oklahoma man is showing his own species what he's made of.

"He's in here in the gym in the morning by himself. He does his strength and conditioning. He always comes to practice. He never complains," said Lambdin’s coach, Stephen Poos.

"If you were to ask my parents and my friends and family, it's definitely perseverance that's gotten me here. I'm not the tallest. I've never been the fastest. I've never been the strongest, but I've worked harder than anyone else," Lambdin said.

Hard work that's paying off for this newly crowned Olympic athlete.

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