Lopez was born in Nicaragua, and moved with his parents to New York City in 1972. In his native country, his father, Julio, worked for the government of the then-President Anastasio Somoza. When President Somozawho was overthrown in 1979 after the Sandinista Revolution, Stevens father was forced to take odd jobs to support his family. Hoping for a better Life, Julio moved his family to Texas.At the age of five, Steven began studying the sport of Taekwondo from his father and Jean, his older brother. They worked out in the families garage.
Steven is a 1997 graduate of Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas where he was voted “most likely to succeed” and was member of the National Honor Society.
Steven comes from a family of martial arts competitors. His siblings, Mark, Diana and Jean Lopez (coach) are all USA National Team Members in Taekwondo. His younger siblings, Mark and Diana, also represented the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This marked the first time since 1904 that three siblings have been on the same Olympic team. In April of 2005 Both Lopez and his brother, Mark (men’s featherweight) and sister Diana (women’s featherweight), made sports history when they all claimed a world championship title at the same event (2005 World Taekwondo Championships). Their oldest brother, Jean, was their coach.
Lopez has appeared in People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People.
- 2009 World Taekwondo Championships (Welter): GOLD
- 2008 Beijing Olympic Games: BRONZE
- 2007 World Taekwondo Championships (Welter): GOLD
- 2007 Sr. National Team Trials (Welter): 1st
- 2005 U.S. Olympic Committee Male Athlete of the Month (April)
- 2005 World Taekwondo Championships (Welter): GOLD
- 2005 Sullivan Award Finalist
- 2004 Athens Olympic Games: GOLD
- 2004 US Olympic Team Trials: GOLD
- 2004 Sullivan Award Finalist
- 2003 World Taekwondo Championships: GOLD
- 2003 World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament: BRONZE
- 2003 Pan American Games: GOLD
- 2003 Sullivan Award Finalist
- 2002 World Cup Taekwondo Championships: BRONZE
- 2002 Pan American Games: GOLD
- 2001 World Taekwondo Championships: GOLD
- 2000 Sydney Olympic Games: GOLD
- 1999 Pan American Games: GOLD
- 1999 Pan American Regional Olympic Qualifier: SILVER
- 1998 World Cup Taekwondo Championships: BRONZE
- 1998 Pan American Taekwondo Championships: GOLD
- 1997 World Cup Taekwondo Championships: GOLD
- 1996 Pan American Taekwondo Championships: GOLD
- 1996 World Junior Taekwondo Championships: GOLD
- 1995 Pan American Taekwondo Championships: SILVER
- 1994 World Cup Taekwondo Championships: BRONZE
- 1993 Jr. Olympic: BRONZE