Personal Information

Residence New York, NY, USA

Occupation Advisor, Analyst, Athlete

Languages English, French

Higher education Political Science - Columbia University: New York, NY, USA

License number 14081992000


World Cup--11
Las Vegas (USA), 2008-06-21
World Championship--11
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2015-07-15
Zone Championships1146
San Salvador (EL SALVADOR), 2009-07-02Cartagena (COLOMBIA), 2013-06-16Reno - Nevada (USA), 2011-07-04
Cancun (MEXICO), 2012-06-17
San José (COSTA RICA), 2014-06-03
La Havane (CUBA), 2018-06-17
Grand Prix11-2
Marseille (FRANCE), 2013-05-24Gdansk (POLAND), 2014-01-31

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age nine at the Peter Westbrook Foundation in New York, NY, United States of America.

Why this sport? "My mother read about an organisation that Peter Westbrook founded. Their goal was to get inner city kids, who wouldn't usually be exposed to fencing, to participate for free. If they saw you had potential, they would give you a scholarship to go to the fencing club for free. I wasn't very good at first. My sister would always beat me, and I didn't like to lose. I kept practising so I could beat my sister, and I started to love it more and more."

Club / Team Peter Westbrook Foundation: New York, NY, USA

Name of coach Buckie Leach [national]

Handedness Right

General Interest

Nicknames Zingy (teamusa.org, 25 Aug 2010)

Hobbies Reading, shopping, baking, swimming. (nylon.com, 04 Nov 2015; teamusa.org, 01 Jan 2017; gocolumbialions.com, 01 May 2015)

Hero / Idol US tennis player Serena Williams. (nylon.com, 04 Nov 2015)

Injuries She required surgery on a labrum tear in her hip in 2014. (nylon.com, 04 Nov 2015)

Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs On the day of her competition she meditates and visualises how she hopes to perform. (saintheron.com, 04 Jan 2016)

Sporting philosophy / motto "Find something you love and put the hours in. Focusing on the process, rather than the result, is key in succeeding at anything. The most successful people don't allow excuses to get in their way and are willing to do things they hate for their vision." (blackenterprise.com, 02 Oct 2015)

Awards and honours During her collegiate career at Columbia University she was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2010/11 and was named First Team All-Ivy in 2010/11 and 2012/13. (gocolumbialions.com, 01 May 2015)

Milestones In 2013 she became the first US women's foil fencer to win a Grand Prix title when she won gold at the Grand Prix event in Marseille, France. (usafencing.org, 27 May 2913; gocolumbialions.com, 01 May 2015)

Other information TEAMMATES
When she won women's team foil gold at the world championships in 2018 alongside teammates Lee Kiefer and Nicole Ross, it was the eighth senior world championships the trio had competed at together, having known each other since they were children. "I think there is an extra effort, I'm speaking for myself, that I feel like I put out when these girls are in my box because I feel like I never want to disappoint them. There's an extra pressure when someone you care so much about is behind you. I feel like generations before us and our generation have really set the tone for just being on the top and dominating, which is really different from when I started fencing. We've really helped to change that story, and it's cool to be a part of that." (teamusa.org, 30 Apr 2019)

In 2017 she began working for a financial accounting services company in New York, NY, United States of America. (LinkedIn profile, 04 Jun 2019)

She was named after a warrior queen from Angola. "I'm named after a 17th-century queen from Angola, Nzinga Mbande. During the colonial period, the Europeans would try to come to Africa and take their land, and she defended her territory. I think it's not a coincidence that I'm named Nzingha and I go off with my sword and fight people for my country." (espn.com, 05 Jul 2016)


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