Personal Information

Residence New York, NY, USA

Occupation Athlete, Model

Languages English

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 Championships5117
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
Grand Prix2-57
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

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

Location Canada

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)

Sporting philosophy / motto "Athletes live better." (Instagram athlete, 23 Jun 2017)

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

Other information NATIONAL FIRST
In the 2014/15 season he became the first US male fencer to win the overall World Cup title. (teamusa.org, 05 Aug 2015)

In 2013 he decided to drop out of university in order to focus on fencing and his modelling career. He had been studying at St. John's University in New York, NY, United States of America. The decision was partly made for him by the National Collegiate Athletic Association's [NCAA] rules on receiving payment while competing 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." (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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