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DERSHWITZ Eli

sabre
Rank3
Pts186.000
Age26
HandL

Personal Information

Residence Boston, MA, USA

Occupation Athlete

Languages English, Spanish

Higher education History - Harvard University: Cambridge, MA, USA

License number 23091995000

Club

GoldSilverBronzeTotal
World Cup32-5
Alger (ALGERIA), 2017-11-03Madrid (SPAIN), 2017-05-19
Padoue (ITALY), 2018-02-02Varsovie (POLAND), 2020-02-21
Varsovie (POLAND), 2019-02-01
World Championship-1-1
Wuxi (CHINA), 2018-07-19
Zone Championships4116
San José (COSTA RICA), 2014-06-03Montreal (CANADA), 2017-06-15Panama (PANAMA), 2016-06-23
Santiago (CHILE), 2015-04-17
La Havane (CUBA), 2018-06-17
Toronto (CANADA), 2019-06-27
Grand Prix1113
Seoul (KOREA), 2016-03-25Moscow (RUSSIA), 2019-05-24Seoul (KOREA), 2018-03-30
1--1
Reykjavik (ICELAND), 2015-05-24

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? He took up the sport at Zeta Fencing in Natick, MA, United States of America. The club was a few minutes from his house, and run by national men's sabre coach Zoran Tulum. He began focusing on fencing ahead of all other sports while he was in high school.

Why this sport? His brother Philip encouraged him to start fencing. He also enjoyed the creative aspect of the sport. "I love how, no matter what you do, your opponent can do something and then you do something else to try and win a touch. No two touches are the same."

Club / Team Zeta Fencing: Natick, MA, USA

Name of coach Zoran Tulum [club, national], SRB

Training Regime He has three sessions in the gym with a personal trainer each week.

Handedness Left

General Interest

Hobbies Supporting American football team the New England Patriots and basketball team the Boston Celtics. (usafencing.org, 16 Feb 2021)

Memorable sporting achievement Winning silver in individual sabre at the 2018 World Championships in Wuxi, People's Republic of China. (bostonherald.com, 22 Mar 2020)

Most influential person in career His coach, his parents. (usfencing.org, 08 Apr 2012)

Hero / Idol US fencers Mariel Zagunis, Tim Morehouse, and Daryl Homer. (usafencing.org, 16 Feb 2021)

Sporting philosophy / motto "I always hear staying at a high level is harder than getting there. It pushes me to work harder, practise more, eat healthier, and try to push myself to be the best that I can." (boston.com, 20 Mar 2013)

Awards and honours He received the 2019 William J. Bingham Award for the male member of the graduating class of Harvard College in the United States of America. (harvardvarsityclub.org, 31 Dec 2020)

In 2015 and 2017 he was named in the All-Ivy First Team and All-America First Team while studying at Harvard University. (grocrimson.com, 2017)

Milestones In the 2017/18 season he became the first US male sabre fencer to win the overall World Cup title. (usafencing.org, 16 Feb 2021)

He became the first male fencer representing the United States of America to win gold in individual sabre at the world junior championships by securing victory at the 2015 edition of the tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 Jun 2019; usfencing.org, 08 Apr 2015)

Famous relatives His older brother Philip has competed in fencing for Princeton University in the United States of America. (collegefencing360.com, 02 Sep 2015)

Ambitions To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (harvardmagazine.com, 01 Dec 2018)

Other information FUTURE PLANS
He has considered combining coaching with his sporting career after he has competed at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. He has already served as a volunteer assistant fencing coach at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, United States of America. "I would definitely be interested in at least part-time coaching or training with the Harvard team while I continue to compete. And then also getting involved in some type of athletics or sports non profit work and looking forward to figuring out and brainstorming ways in getting involved in that after the Olympics in Tokyo as I look toward the next part of my life. I feel like my expertise is within athletic training and the way that training can help other aspects of a college athlete or a younger athlete's life. That's definitely something I'd be interested in finding out how to spread that knowledge or that experience to other people that it could make a big difference in their lives." (usafencing.org, 16 Feb 2021; gocrimson.com, 01 Sep 2019)

RIO EXPERIENCE
He took a year out from university to concentrate on training full-time ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games. However, he suffered defeat in the round of 32 in Rio de Janeiro. "The whole year really taught me the importance of work ethics day in and day out. I really thought it was going to be smooth sailing, training full-time would be easier, but no one told me that there would be good days and bad days, good weeks and bad weeks. The people who are going to jump to the next level have the ability to work through the bad weeks." (Trans World Sport YouTube channel, 24 Oct 2018)

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