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EBERT Leonie

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Rank15
Pts94.000
Age22
HandL

Personal Information

Residence Würzburg, GER

Occupation Armed Forces Athlete

Languages English, German

License number 04101999000

Club

GoldSilverBronzeTotal
World Cup-112
Katowice (POLAND), 2019-01-11Tauberbischofsheim (GERMANY), 2018-04-27
Grand Prix--11
Anaheim, California (USA), 2018-03-17

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing in 2000 at the TG Wurzburg club in Germany.

Why this sport? She decided to try fencing after being fascinated watching a friend's training session. "I tried out loads of sports, such as running, but it was too boring running in circles. There was a start and a finish, but not necessarily a target. With fencing, I noticed that I had to be creative, had to always outwit my opponent. It was always intriguing and exciting."

Club / Team Future Fencing Werbach: Germany

Name of coach Giovanni Bortolaso [national], ITA

Training Regime She trains at the Federal Training Centre in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany, and also does extra sessions with a personal trainer and a sports psychologist. She normally trains for four to six hours per day.

Handedness Left

General Interest

Nicknames Little Tiger [given to her by her coach, as she was always the youngest on the team, and because of her character on and off the fencing piste]. (FIE Fencing Channel, 18 Jul 2019; mainpost.de, 29 Apr 2015)

Hobbies Playing the piano, hiking, mountaineering. (mainpost.de, 14 Jun 2019; main-echo.de, 13 Jun 2019; mainpost.de, 11 Nov 2020)

Most influential person in career Her sister Amelie and brother Constantin. (FIE Fencing Channel, 18 Jul 2019; mainpost.de, 14 Jun 2019)

Hero / Idol German fencer Anja Fichtel, Italian fencer Elisa di Francisca, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (dhg-sportklasse.de, 11 Jan 2017)

Sporting philosophy / motto "To start with, I always had this dream of how things might be, but I never believed I would be on a podium so quickly, or win a medal. For me it's unbelievable to be fencing at this level, but I am aiming to go right to the top." (FIE Fencing Channel, 18 Jul 2019)

Awards and honours In 2015 and 2016 she was named Elite Student of the Year by the Elite School for Sports in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany. (duale-karriere.de, 01 Jan 2016)

Famous relatives Her sister Amelie Ebert has represented Germany in artistic swimming. She finished ninth in the mixed duet free routine at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Her brother Constantin Ebert has played basketball in the German Bundesliga and spent the 2020/21 season with third division side BBC Coburg. (bbc-magazin.com, 27 Mar 2020; FIE Fencing Channel, 18 Jul 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 15 Apr 2021; basketball.realgm.com, 20 Jun 2017; dsv.de, 30 May 2017; amelie-ebert.de, 15 Nov 2013)

Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (FIE Fencing Channel, 18 Jul 2019; sportschau.de, 14 Jun 2019)

Other information SPORTING SIBLINGS
She was one of three siblings, alongside brother Constantin [basketball] and sister Amelie [artistic swimming], who took part in sport as a child. She attributes their success at elite level to her mother, and paid for her to go on holiday after winning gold at the 2015 Cadet World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. "My brother and sister were always my role models. We did three different sports to a high level and provided mutual support for each other. My mother had her hands full with the three of us. It started with my sister at five in the morning when she went to training, then me, then my brother. The trip with me lasted two hours per day, and then she had her job on top of that. When I won the world championships, I was lucky enough to earn some prize money, so I paid for my mother to go to the Maldives. She has sacrificed so much for us." (FIE Fencing Channel, 18 Jul 2019)

SPORTS SOLDIER
She joined the German armed forces [Bundeswehr] as a sports soldier to enable her to continue studying and competing. "It was clear that I would have to go to the Bundeswehr after school if I wanted to continue to pursue fencing as a competitive sport. It's simply the only way to survive financially in Germany if you want to fence professionally." (mainpost.de, 14 Jun 2019; main-echo.de, 13 Jun 2019)

TV APPEARANCE
In February 2021 she appeared on the German TV show 'Das Quiz' with fellow national team fencer Peter Joppich. (Instagram profile, 08 Feb 2021)

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