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MEINHARDT Gerek

foil
Rank3
Pts156.000
Age29
HandR

Personal Information

Family Wife Lee Kiefer

Residence San Francisco, CA, USA

Occupation Athlete

Languages English, French

Higher education Information Technology - Notre Dame University: United States

License number 27071990000

GoldSilverBronzeTotal
World Cup-268
Paris (FRANCE), 2019-01-11Estado Guarico (VENEZUELA), 2008-06-13
Bonn (GERMANY), 2019-11-08La Coruña (SPAIN), 2013-02-22
Paris (FRANCE), 2014-01-17
Tokyo (JAPAN), 2015-11-06
Paris (FRANCE), 2016-01-15
Tokyo (JAPAN), 2017-11-10
World Championship--22
Paris (FRANCE), 2010-11-04
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2015-07-15
Zone Championships32611
Montreal (CANADA), 2007-08-27Queretaro (MEXICO), 2008-07-08Reno - Nevada (USA), 2011-07-04
Cartagena (COLOMBIA), 2013-06-17San Salvador (EL SALVADOR), 2009-07-02Cancun (MEXICO), 2012-06-16
San José (COSTA RICA), 2014-06-01Santiago (CHILE), 2015-04-17
Montreal (CANADA), 2017-06-13
La Havane (CUBA), 2018-06-16
Toronto (CANADA), 2019-06-28
Grand Prix2215
Tokyo (JAPAN), 2014-05-03Venise (ITALY), 2013-03-16Turin (ITALY), 2019-02-08
Turin (ITALY), 2020-02-07Tokyo (JAPAN), 2013-05-04

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? He was introduced to fencing at age nine and entered his first national competition at age 10. His first club was the M Team in San Francisco, CA, United States of America.

Why this sport? He got involved in the sport because he was taking piano lessons from fencing coach Greg Massialas' wife. When Massialas set up his own club, Meinhardt's parents signed him up.

Club / Team Massialas Foundation [USA] / Bluegrass Fencers' Club [USA]:

Name of coach Greg Massialas [Massialas Foundation, national], USA; Amgad Khazbak [Bluegrass], EGY

Handedness Right

General Interest

Hobbies Playing basketball, listening to music. (usafencing.org, 23 Jul 2019)

Hero / Idol His sister Katie. (usafencing.org, 23 Jul 2019)

Injuries He had surgery on the meniscus in his right knee in January 2011. He was unable to compete for five months. (fencing.net, 10 May 2012)

Sporting philosophy / motto "The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours." (Twitter profile, 23 Apr 2011)

Awards and honours During his collegiate career at Notre Dame University in United States of America, he was named First Team All-American four times, Notre Dame Monogram Club MVP three times and Most Valuable Foilist three times. (und.com, 23 Aug 2018)

Milestones He became the first US male fencer to win a medal at the world championships when he claimed bronze in individual foil at the 2010 edition of the tournament in Paris, France. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Apr 2020; usafencing.org, 23 Jul 2019)

At age 18 years and 17 days, he was the youngest male fencer from any nation to compete at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He also became the youngest male fencer to have represented the United States of America at the Olympic Games in 2008 in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Jul 2018; sfgate.com, 14 Aug 2008)

Famous relatives His sister Katie has played basketball for Boston University in the United States of America. His wife Lee Kiefer is a US fencer who competed at the Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016. (fencing.net, 14 Feb 2020; Instagram profile, 15 Jun 2019; teamusa.org, 01 Jan 2019; teamusa.org, 19 Jul 2011)

Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (teamusa.org, 28 Feb 2019)

Other information FAMILY AFFAIR
His wife is Lee Kiefer, who also competes in fencing for the United States of America. The pair married in 2019. "We primarily train against each other, which is why it means so much to us when either of us does well. We're so proud of each other and what we've been able to accomplish thus far, just pushing each other every day to try and reach for more, to become better fencers and better people. That's so important to us." (fencing.net, 14 Feb 2020; sports.yahoo.com, 11 Jan 2020; teamusa.org, 15 Aug 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
Between 2013 and 2015 he studied for a master's degree in business administration at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, United States of America. (LinkedIn profile, 22 Aug 2016)

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