Personal Information

Family Partner Gerek Meinhardt

Residence Lexington, KY, USA

Occupation Athlete, Student

Languages English

Higher education Science - University of Notre Dame: United States

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 along with her brother and sister.

Why this sport? Her father Steve Kiefer captained the fencing team at Duke University in the United States of America. "Growing up my dad, who is a physician, decided that he wanted to try fencing [again]. He hadn't picked up a foil in 10 or 15 years [since college], 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 and twenty 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]

Training Regime She does up to four hours fencing training, five days a week. She also has three cross-fit strength and agility sessions each week.

Handedness Right

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement Competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (und.com, 20 Nov 2013)

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

In 2015 she was named the Atlantic Coast Conference [ACC] Women's Team Most Valuable Player [MVP], and the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women's fencing. She was also named in the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women's At-Large team. (und.com, 11 Jun 2015)

Milestones At the 2018 Pan American Championships in Cuba, Havana, she became the first fencer from any nation to win nine consecutive individual Pan American championship titles. She was the first fencer to have won seven or more Pan American championship titles and the first to win more than five consecutively. (usafencing.org, 18 Jun 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 01 Jan 2019)

In March 2017 she became the first US female foil fencer to be ranked number one in the world. (nbcnews.com, 22 Mar 2017)

Famous relatives Her siblings Alexandra and Axel have both represented the United States of America in fencing. Her father Steve captained the fencing team at Duke University in the United States of America. Her partner Gerek Meinhardt competed in fencing at the Olympic Games in 2008, 2012 and 2016. (uknow.uky.edu, 22 May 2019; Facebook page, 25 Apr 2017; nbcolympics.com, 12 Jul 2016, 20 Apr 2012; und.com, 05 May 2015)

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

Other information TEAMMATES
When she won women's team foil gold at the world championships in 2018 alongside teammates Nzingha Prescod and Nicole Ross, it was the eighth senior world championships the trio had competed at together, having known each other since they were children."[Starting out] we were still kind of young and just going through the motions a little bit. And 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)

In 2017 she began studying medicine at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY, United States of America. She plans to take a break from medical school to focus on training for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and expects to graduate in 2022. (Facebook page, 25 Apr 2017; LinkedIn profile, 01 Aug 2017; uknow.uky.edu, 22 May 2019)

She considered retiring from international fencing after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro to focus on going to medical school. But in March 2017 she earned the world number one ranking, the first US female foil fencer to do so, which inspired her to continue competing at the highest level. "After the 2016 Olympics I was actually planning on retiring from international competitions. 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)

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 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)


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