Personal Information

Family Wife Ana Carolina Ramirez, daughter Gaby Isabella [2015]

Residence Lódz, POL

Occupation Athlete, Student

Languages English, Spanish

Higher education Physical Education - University of Computer Sciences and Skills: Lódz, POL

License number 03081985000


World Cup3148
Bogota (COLOMBIA), 2006-06-23Paris (FRANCE), 2010-05-07Berne (SWITZERLAND), 2010-02-27
Buenos Aires (ARGENTINA), 2009-06-20Paris (FRANCE), 2011-03-18
Buenos Aires (ARGENTINA), 2013-05-24Vancouver (CANADA), 2015-02-13
Vancouver (CANADA), 2020-02-07
World Championship-2-2
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2013-08-06
Wuxi (CHINA), 2018-07-20
Zone Championships4419
San Salvador (EL SALVADOR), 2009-07-02Queretaro (MEXICO), 2008-07-08Cartagena (COLOMBIA), 2013-06-16
Santiago (CHILE), 2015-04-17Reno - Nevada (USA), 2011-07-04
Montreal (CANADA), 2017-06-14Cancun (MEXICO), 2012-06-17
Toronto (CANADA), 2019-06-29La Havane (CUBA), 2018-06-15
Grand Prix--22
Montréal (CANADA), 2007-06-01
Doha (QATAR), 2011-02-11
Olympic Games1--1
Londres (GREAT BRITAIN), 2012-08-01
Oslo (NORWAY), 2012-11-24Oslo (NORWAY), 2016-10-08
Oslo (NORWAY), 2018-09-29

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing at age seven.

Why this sport? His uncle Ruperto studied in Hungary during the 1980s, where he picked up a love for the sport. When he returned, he taught his nephews how to fence. Ruben initially fenced in foil with his right hand but a skateboard accident at age 12 forced him to change to his left hand and also switch disciplines.

Club / Team Gascon Carreno Fencing Centre: Lódz, POL

Name of coach Ruperto Gascon [national, uncle], VEN

Training Regime He trains at the Gascon Carreno Fencing Centre in Lodz, Poland. The club is run by his uncle Ruperto Gascon.

Handedness Left

General Interest

Nicknames Ru, Rubenosky, Oreja, Orejon (touchelatino.com, 15 Nov 2015; laverdad.com, 02 Aug 2012)

Hobbies Fishing, playing video games, spending time with his family. (touchelatino.com, 15 Nov 2015)

Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in individual epee at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (touchelatino.com, 15 Nov 2015)

Most influential person in career Coach Ruperto Gascon. (noticierovenevision.net, 18 Jun 2017)

Injuries He sustained a sprained right knee while competing at the 2019 Grand Prix in Cali, Colombia. Despite the pain, he competed two weeks later at the World Cup event in Paris, France. (supuestonegado.com, 09 May 2019; eluniversal.com, 19 May 2019)

In December 2015 he experienced pain in his lower back. He required specialist treatment in order to reduce the inflammation of the nerves and avoid the need for surgery. (diarioelprogreso.net, 23 Jan 2016)

He underwent surgery on a ruptured cruciate ligament in May 2014. He was out of competition for the remainder of the year. He had suffered a similar injury to his left knee in 2008. (vtv.gob.ve, 15 Feb 2015; vtv.gob.ve, 29 Apr 2014)

In 2013 he contracted malaria and was hospitalised for 12 days. (radiohc.cu, 11 Dec 2013; eluniversal.com, 08 Nov 2013)

Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He dedicates his wins to his mother, who passed away in 2010. (touchelatino.com, 15 Nov 2015; liderendeportes.com, 01 Aug 2012)

Sporting philosophy / motto "In life nothing is impossible. Everything can be achieved." (laverdad.com, 01 Aug 2012)

Awards and honours He was flag bearer for Venezuela at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (fie.org, 05 Aug 2016)

In 2012 and 2015 he was named Sportsman of the Year in the state of Bolivar in Venezuela. (eluniversal.com, 06 Jan 2016)

In 2012 he received the Order of the Liberators of Venezuela, and a replica of the sword of Venezuela's Liberator Simon Bolivar. He was also named National Hero by the Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. (larepublica.pe, 07 Aug 2012; Globovision videos YouTube channel, 07 Aug 2012)

Milestones At the 2012 Olympic Games in London he became the first fencer form Venezuela to win an Olympic gold medal. He defeated Norwegian Bartosz Piasecki in the individual epee final to also secure Venezuela's first Olympic gold in any sport since the 1968 Games in Mexico City. (fie.org, 04 Aug 2016; bbc.co.uk, 03 Aug 2012; SportsDeskOnline, 14 Jun 2019)

Famous relatives His younger brothers Francisco and Jesus have represented Venezuela in fencing. They both won gold in team epee at the 2017 Pan American Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada. His uncle Ruperto Gascon has been a fencing coach since the 1990s. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Jun 2018; meridiano.com.ve, 27 May 2017; elluchador.info, 18 Oct 2018)

Ambitions To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Monstruos Creativos YouTube channel, 28 Apr 2018)

Other information FENCING FAMILY
Having competed at senior international level with his younger brother Francisco several times, it was not until 2017 that his youngest brother Jesus joined them at World Cup level. The three siblings went on to claim victory in team epee at the 2017 Pan American Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada. (cactus24.com.ve, 18 Jun 2017; meridiano.com.ve, 27 May 2017)

He has served as president of the Venezuelan Athletes' Commission. (analitica.com, 04 May 2019)


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