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KIEFER Lee

foil
Rank5
Pts179.000
Age26
HandR

Personal Information

Family Husband Gerek Meinhardt

Residence Lexington, KY, USA

Occupation Athlete, Student

Languages English

Higher education Science - University of Notre Dame: United States

License number 15061994000

Club

GoldSilverBronzeTotal
World Cup32813
Alger (ALGERIA), 2015-02-06St-Maur (FRANCE), 2014-11-07St-Maur (FRANCE), 2015-11-06
Tauberbischofsheim (GERMANY), 2017-04-28Katowice (POLAND), 2018-01-12Tauberbischofsheim (GERMANY), 2016-05-20
Cancun (MEXICO), 2017-10-13Gdansk (POLAND), 2017-02-03
Tauberbischofsheim (GERMANY), 2018-04-27
Katowice (POLAND), 2019-01-11
Le Caire (EGYPT), 2019-03-01
Saint-Maur (FRANCE), 2019-12-13
Katowice (POLAND), 2020-01-10
World Championship--11
Catania (ITALY), 2011-10-09
Zone Championships9--9
San José (COSTA RICA), 2010-08-02
Reno - Nevada (USA), 2011-07-04
Cancun (MEXICO), 2012-06-17
Cartagena (COLOMBIA), 2013-06-16
San José (COSTA RICA), 2014-06-03
Santiago (CHILE), 2015-04-17
Panama (PANAMA), 2016-06-23
Montreal (CANADA), 2017-06-15
La Havane (CUBA), 2018-06-17
Grand Prix2327
Turin (ITALY), 2016-12-02La Havane (CUBA), 2016-03-11Anaheim, California (USA), 2018-03-17
Long Beach, California (USA), 2017-03-17Shanghai (CHINA), 2016-06-03Shanghai (CHINA), 2019-05-17
Turin (ITALY), 2020-02-07

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age five.

Why this sport? She and her brother and sister followed their father into the sport. "Growing up my dad decided that he wanted to take up fencing again. He hadn't picked up a foil in 10 or 15 years, and me and my siblings watched him compete at a local tournament. Then he asked if we wanted to try it, and we said yes. 20 years later I'm still doing it."

Club / Team Bluegrass Fencers Club: Lexington, KY, USA

Name of coach Amgad Khazbak [club, personal], EGY; Buckie Leach [national], USA

Handedness Right

General Interest

Awards and honours During her collegiate career at the University of Notre Dame, she was named NCAA Atlantic Coast Conference [ACC] Women's Foilist of the Year in 2015 and 2017, First Team All-American four times, First Team All-Midwestern Fencing Conference twice, All-ACC Team twice, and received the 2017 Walter M. Langford Award for sportsmanship, leadership, and teamwork. (und.com, 01 Jan 2018)

Milestones She became the first fencer of either gender to win three straight individual Pan American Games titles, in any weapon, when she won gold in the women's individual foil at the 2019 Games in Lima, Peru. She also won gold in the event at the 2015 edition in Toronto, ON, Canada, and the 2011 edition in Guadalajara, Mexico. (usafencing.org, 06 Aug 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 09 Apr 2020)

She became the first fencer of either gender to win nine individual Pan American Championship titles, in any weapon, when she won her ninth consecutive gold in women's individual foil at the 2018 Championships in Havana, Cuba. She had become the first fencer of either gender to win seven individual Pan American Championship titles when she won gold in the same event at the 2016 edition in Panama City, Panama, and the first to win more than five consecutively when she triumphed at the 2015 edition in Santiago, Chile. (usafencing.org, 18 Jun 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 09 Apr 2020)

In March 2017 she became the first female foil fencer representing the United States of America to be ranked number one in the world by the International Federation d'Escrime [FIE]. (nbcnews.com, 22 Mar 2017)

Famous relatives Her husband Gerek Meinhardt has competed in fencing at international level. He took bronze in the men's team foil representing the United States of America at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Her siblings Alexandra and Axel have both also represented the United States of America in fencing. Her father Steve captained the fencing team at Duke University in the United States of America. (fencing.net, 14 Feb 2020; uknow.uky.edu, 22 May 2019; Facebook page, 25 Apr 2017; nbcolympics.com, 12 Jul 2016, 20 Apr 2012; und.com, 05 May 2015; SportsDeskOnline, 09 Apr 2020)

Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (uknow.uky.edu, 22 May 2019)

Other information TEAMMATES
She has known her US national teammates Nzingha Prescod and Nicole Ross since they were children. When the trio won women's team foil gold at the world championships in 2018, it was the eighth senior world championships the trio had competed at together. "[Starting out] we were still kind of young and just going through the motions a little bit. Along the way we all developed these crazy dreams to win the Olympics together. It would mean everything to make it to Tokyo [2020] with these girls just because we've been working so hard as individuals and as a team. We truly know each other's struggles and hopes and dreams." (teamusa.org, 30 Apr 2019)

FAMILY
Both her parents are doctors. Her mother Teresa emigrated from the Philippines to the United States of America as a child, while her father Steve captained the fencing team at Duke University. Her siblings Alexandra and Axel have both also represented the United States of America in fencing. "Fencing and medicine is all I have ever known since I was born. Before my sister went to college, we all went to every single practice together. It wasn't only a lot of bonding time but we all made each other better through constant practice. All of us are very competitive, which meant there was a lot of fighting when we were younger. But it was a lot of fun, and now we have that experience together as adults." (uknow.uky.edu, 22 May 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 13 Jul 2017; kyforward.com, 16 Jul 2012; med.uky.edu, 01 Jun 2018; nbcnews.com, 12 Jul 2016)

FURTHER EDUCATION
After completing a bachelor's degree in science at the University of Notre Dame, in 2017 she began studying medicine at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY, United States of America. She says she plans to take a break from studying to focus on training for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and that she considered retiring from international fencing after the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro to go to medical school. When she earned the International Federation d'Escrime [FIE] world number one ranking in March 2017, becoming the first US female foil fencer to do so, she says she was inspired to continue competing. "Obviously medical school is a huge commitment and I thought there was no way I could do both. But I had some conversations with my parents and the [University of Kentucky] administration and everyone supported me. They were like, 'You have to pursue this, you have a talent and we think you can do both, and we'll help you'." (uknow.uky.edu, 22 May 2019; LinkedIn profile, 01 Aug 2017)

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