Personal Information

Family Partner Ysaora Thibus

Residence Brooklyn, NY, USA

Occupation Athlete, Model

Languages English

License number 17041993004


World Cup52512
La Havane (CUBA), 2013-05-24Séoul (KOREA), 2014-04-25Paris (FRANCE), 2012-01-27
Tokyo (JAPAN), 2014-11-07Tokyo (JAPAN), 2019-01-25Séoul (KOREA), 2012-05-18
Paris (FRANCE), 2015-01-16Bonn (GERMANY), 2017-02-10
Paris (FRANCE), 2016-01-15Le Caire (EGYPT), 2017-10-20
Le Caire (EGYPT), 2016-10-21Paris (FRANCE), 2019-01-11
Zone Championships6118
Reno - Nevada (USA), 2011-07-04Cartagena (COLOMBIA), 2013-06-17Panama (PANAMA), 2016-06-21
Cancun (MEXICO), 2012-06-16
Santiago (CHILE), 2015-04-17
Montreal (CANADA), 2017-06-13
La Havane (CUBA), 2018-06-16
Toronto (CANADA), 2019-06-28
Grand Prix2-79
Anaheim, California (USA), 2018-03-16Tokyo (JAPAN), 2014-05-03
Turin (ITALY), 2019-02-08Turin (ITALY), 2014-11-28
La Havane (CUBA), 2015-03-13
La Havane (CUBA), 2016-03-11
Shanghai (CHINA), 2018-05-19
Turin (ITALY), 2020-02-07
Doha (QATAR), 2021-03-26

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing at age nine.

Why this sport? "I was in a park in Atlanta [in Georgia, United States of America] playing with a sword. I had always loved anything to do with knights, and someone came up to my parents and said, 'Hey, he should be fencing'. They took me to a club when I was eight but I was too young, so I made them take me back when I was nine."

Club / Team Golubitsky Fencing Center: Tustin, CA, USA

Name of coach Sergei Golubitsky [club]; Greg Massialas [national], USA

Handedness Left

International Debut

Year 2009

Competing for United States

General Interest

Nicknames Face of Fencing (teamusa.org, 19 Oct 2015)

Hobbies Music, DJ'ing. (teamusa.org, 10 Sep 2016)

Most influential person in career Coach Jed Dupree. (Athlete, 30 Nov 2011)

Hero / Idol US boxer Muhammad Ali. (Athlete, 30 Nov 2011)

Other sports During his youth he won a state championship in BMX racing in the United States of America. (teamusa.org, 10 Sep 2016)

Milestones In the 2014/15 season he became the first US male athlete to win an overall World Cup title in fencing. (teamusa.org, 05 Aug 2015)

Famous relatives His partner Ysaora Thibus has represented France in fencing. She won a team bronze and an individual silver medal at the 2018 World Championships in Wuxi, People's Republic of China. (rtl.fr, 09 May 2019; instyle.com, 16 Jan 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 09 Jul 2018)

Other information FENCING COUPLE
He met his partner, French fencer Ysaora Thibus, at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She moved to the United States of America to live with him in 2017. "If he [Race] offers me advice, I am always ready to listen. After all he is world number one [May 2019] so I imagine his advice is not bad. In general we make a good couple, in sport and in life." (rtl.fr, 09 May 2019)

He says he felt frustrated with his fencing in general after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where he travelled as a reserve but did participate with the US team that won a bronze medal. "When I looked at myself fencing, it wasn't the fencing I dreamed of." After Rio he decided to leave New York and move to California to train under Ukrainian coach Sergei Golubitsky, who had opened a club in Tustin in 2012. It was the first time he had ever lived on his own, and he had to learn to drive in order to attend training at the club. "Sergei's fencing was almost like ballet, so effortless and flowing. I'd always been a fencer who was very mechanical and rigid. I admired him. Sergei is the craziest, toughest coach I've ever had. He tested my resilience, my patience, my ego. I'm getting back to why I started fencing, the passion and the love of exploring." (latimes.com, 24 Jun 2018; Facebook page, 09 May 2019; latimes.com, 14 Mar 2019)

In 2012 he accepted a scholarship to St. John's University in New York, NY, United States of America. He decided to drop out in 2013 to focus on fencing and his modelling career, as National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] eligibility rules meant he was unable to receive payment for work as an amateur athlete. "Given the time and energy necessary to pursue modelling work, I couldn't afford to do it unpaid. So I swallowed hard and accepted my reality. I wanted to fence, build my modelling career and earn an education. To remain an amateur, I had to choose two out of three. I didn't have a choice. Fencing was my life. Modelling was my livelihood." (latimes.com, 24 Jun 2018; theplayerstribune.com, 14 May 2015; redstormsports.com, 11 Dec 2012)

His parents chose his given name based on the character Race Bannon from the 'Johnny Quest' cartoon. (sports.yahoo.com, 26 Jul 2012)


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