With the 2016 Rio Games just days away, here are five stories to keep an eye on when taekwondo competition gets underway.Wu Jingyu goes for record third straight goldDay 12 (Wednesday, Aug. 17)Women's 49kg (108 lbs)China'sWu Jingyu
could make history in Rio. If she wins her third straight Olympic title, she will become the first taekwondo athlete to ever win three gold medals. Wu enters this year's Games as the No. 1 ranked flyweight.Men's featherweight loaded with Olympic medalistsDay 13 (Thursday, Aug. 18)Men's 68kg (150 lbs)Three fighters who won Olympic medals at a lower weight class in 2012 have since bumped up to the 68kg division, creating a stacked field for Rio. The tournament will include reigning 58kg championJoel Gonzalez
of Spain, reigning 68kg championServet Tazegul
of Turkey, 2012 silver medalistLee Dae-Hoon
of South Korea and 2012 bronze medalist Alexey Denisenko of Russia.Aaron Cook changes nations, hopes to avenge 2012 snubDay 14 (Friday, Aug. 19)Men's 80kg (176 lbs)Despite being ranked No. 1 in the world at 80kg entering the 2012 Games, Aaron Cook was bypassed for Great Britain's Olympic taekwondo team in favor of Lutalo Muhammad (the world No. 7 at a higher non-Olympic weight class). This created a rift between athlete and federation that proved to be irreparable. Cook, who had previously competed for Great Britain at the 2008 Games, refused to compete again for his home country and ended up gaining Moldovan citizenship last year.Cook, currently the No. 2 ranked fighter at 80kg, hopes to avenge 2012's rebuffing by earning the first ever gold medal for his adopted country of Moldova. Among the fighters he may have to go through: former teammate and rival Muhammad, who ended up earning bronze four years ago in London.Steven Lopez competes in fifth OlympicsDay 14 (Friday, Aug. 19)Men's 80kg (176 lbs)It has been quite the career forSteven Lopez
, who will be competing at the Olympics for the fifth time. His three Olympic taekwondo medals are already tied for most ever, and he could eclipse that mark with a strong showing in Rio. At the London Games, an injured Lopez failed to earn a medal for the first time in his Olympic career. Now 37 years old, this could be his final chance to add to his impressive medal collection.
Will the United States medal streak remain alive?Days 14-15 (Aug. 19-20)Ever since taekwondo was first added to the Olympics in 2000, the United States has won at least one medal each year. This year, there are four athletes on the U.S. taekwondo team looking to continue the streak: welterweights Steven Lopez andPaige McPherson
on Day 14, and heavyweightsStephen Lambdin
on Day 15. Recent results have been particularly promising for McPherson and Galloway – both women won bronze at last year's world championships and gold at last year's Pan American Games.