STONE Anne-Elizabeth


Personal Information

Residence United States

Occupation Athlete, Coach, Laboratory Employee

Languages Arabic, English, Greek, Latin

Higher education Political Studies - Princeton University: United States

License number 31121990000


World Cup--11
Dakar (SENEGAL), 2014-02-07
World Championship--11
Wuxi (CHINA), 2018-07-21
Zone Championships1214
Toronto (CANADA), 2019-06-29Cartagena (COLOMBIA), 2013-06-17Santiago (CHILE), 2015-04-17
La Havane (CUBA), 2018-06-15
Grand Prix--11
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2014-03-21

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She took up the sport at age nine at the Fencing 2000 club in Chicago, IL, United States of America.

Why this sport? "My siblings and I were home-schooled, and my parents were looking for sports we could take part in without a school team. We happened to go out for pizza at a neighbourhood restaurant, and a flyer on the table described beginners classes at a local fencing club. This piqued everyone's curiosity. Having just watched the original Star Wars trilogy, I definitely loved the idea of being a Jedi Knight. My older sister was concentrating on ballet, but my younger brother and sister were excited to join me."

Club / Team Bergen Fencing Club: United States

Name of coach Oleg Stetsiv [club]

Handedness Right

General Interest

Nicknames Eliza (usafencing.org, 27 Jun 2018)

Most influential person in career Her first coach Hristo Etropolski. (Facebook page, 09 Aug 2017)

Injuries In September 2017 she underwent knee surgery, which prevented her from competing until November that year. (gofundme.com, 27 Nov 2017)

She had surgery to reattach a tendon in her right hand in October 2014. (Facebook page, 20 Feb 2015)

Sporting philosophy / motto "Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It's our goal in life to find it and keep it lit." (stonefencingusa.com, 05 Aug 2013)

Awards and honours In 2013 she received the C. Otto von Kienbusch Award. The prize is presented to the female athlete who has most demonstrated general proficiency in athletics and the qualities of a true sportswoman at Princeton University. (princetonvarsityclub.org, 01 Jun 2020; Facebook page, 20 Feb 2015)

Milestones During her collegiate career from 2009 to 2013, she became the first female representing Princeton University in sabre to receive First Team All-American honours for four different years. (goprincetontigers.com, 01 Jan 2014)

Famous relatives Her brother Robert and her sister Gracie have both competed in fencing for Princeton University in New Jersey, United States of America. (Facebook profile, 17 Nov 2013; chicagotribune.com, 03 May 2013)

Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 15 Dec 2019)

Other information CHANGE OF COACH
She considered quitting the sport after missing out on qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but was convinced to continue by Oleg Stetsiv, who became her new coach following the retirement of Hristo Hristov. "Heartbroken and ashamed, I watched from home as my hardworking teammates became Olympic bronze medalists [in 2016]. I felt I had let myself down and disappointed my coach, my family, and everyone else who supported me along the way. It seemed like the world was telling me to give up. Soon after Hristo Hristov's retirement, I started talking with Oleg Stetsiv, the head coach at Bergen Fencing Club. Oleg had helped me at World Cup competitions when he was attending with his own students. We met and had a very tough discussion. Although he knew I was struggling, he made it clear that I still had something to give to fencing. And if I could find the passion again, he would revamp my training and help me restart my fencing career. I considered all that he said and knew I was not ready to put away my sabre. It wasn't an easy climb back to the top, but Oleg helped me regain my confidence." (SportsDeskOnline, 03 May 2021; bergenfencingclub.com, 01 Feb 2020)

In May 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, she was training using a makeshift dummy in a New Jersey apartment in the United States of America where she lived alone, while receiving support from talks with sports psychologist Karen Cogan. "I beat up my cardboard-box opponent. There are so many mental challenges of getting through this and I like knowing that I can talk things through and maybe work on a strategy to stay productive and positive. We were essentially asked to stop halfway though the height of our season and then come back perfect without missing a beat whenever the world opens up again. It's almost an impossible task, so a lot of us are a bit wary about that. It's important to stay positive so it doesn't wear you down." (teamusa.org, 04 May 2020)

She has worked as a laboratory chemist since October 2013 in Princeton, NJ, United States of America. She has also served as an assistant coach of the Princeton University fencing team. (LinkedIn profile, 24 Mar 2020)

She plans to attend medical school after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (LinkedIn profile, 24 Mar 2020)


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