ROSS Nicole


Personal Information

Residence New York, NY, USA

Occupation Athlete

Languages English, French

License number 15011989000


World Cup-112
St-Maur (FRANCE), 2016-11-04Cancun (MEXICO), 2016-10-14
Zone Championships1236
Toronto (CANADA), 2019-06-27Santiago (CHILE), 2015-04-17San Salvador (EL SALVADOR), 2009-07-02
Panama (PANAMA), 2016-06-23Montreal (CANADA), 2017-06-15
La Havane (CUBA), 2018-06-17
Grand Prix-1-1
Turin (ITALY), 2016-12-02

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She took up the sport at age nine at the Fencers Club in New York, NY, United States of America.

Why this sport? As a child she was partly inspired by an adventure movie that featured fencing. "I was an active child and I loved the movie 'The Princess Bride'. My parents called up the Fencers Club and I took a class and it just stuck."

Name of coach Buckie Leach [national]

Handedness Right

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement Competing in team events at major international competitions with US fencers Nzingha Prescod and Lee Kiefer. (teamusa.org, 30 Apr 2019)

Injuries In 2019 she tore the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in her right knee. (athletes.shaklee.com, 01 Jan 2020)

She had a health scare before the 2011 World Championships in Catania, Italy, and spent three days in hospital. "I did a little bit of overexertion right before [a national team training] camp. I had some muscle breakdown and it was one of the scariest things." (nbcolympics.com, 13 Jun 2012)

She withdrew from the 2008 Atlanta North American Cup due to medical reasons. (gocolumbialions.com, 01 Aug 2010)

Sporting philosophy / motto "Trust yourself. Usually you're the one who has the answer." (elanalyn.com, 09 Mar 2016)

Ambitions To compete in team foil with Nzingha Prescod and Lee Kiefer at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (teamusa.org, 30 Apr 2019)

Other information RIO DISAPPOINTMENT
She missed out on qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics and in 2017 said she had struggled to deal with the pressure. "I think I just felt the weight of the whole four years [leading up to the Rio Games] on my shoulders. I always want to be doing something that's providing me joy, that's like a positive driving force on my life. I think not making the Olympic team, having to watch all of my teammates go through that, is a very humbling experience. I kept training [after 2016] because I actually really love fencing. Just doing it is fun." (teamusa.org, 02 Feb 2017)

In 2020 she took up a volunteer assistant coaching position at Harvard University, MA, United States of America. She worked in a similar role at Cornell University, NY, United States of America from 2016 to 2019, as well as at the US Performance Academy from 2018 to 2020. (gocrimson.com, 01 Jan 2020)

From 2014 to 2016 she worked as a programme coordinator for the charitable initiative 'Win4Youth'. The organisation aims to raise money for disadvantaged youth around the world through sport. "It is extremely gratifying to know that in some small way, I am having a direct and positive impact on the charities and the children that benefit from Win4Youth." (LinkedIn profile, 30 Sep 2016; adeccousa.com, 08 Apr 2015)

In 2013 she completed a bachelor's degree in art history at Columbia University in New York, NY, United States of America. In 2020 she was studying for a master's degree in psychology at The New School University in New York City, NY, United States of America. (gocrimson.com, 01 Jan 2020; LinkedIn profile, 30 Sep 2016)


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