Residence Los Angeles, CA, USA
Languages English, Russian
Higher education Business, Political Science - University of Notre Dame: United States
License number 09101999000
|Paris (FRANCE), 2020-01-10||Bonn (GERMANY), 2018-11-09|
|Milan (ITALY), 2023-07-24||Le Caire (EGYPT), 2022-07-17|
|Lima (PERU), 2023-06-15||Asunción (PARAGUAY), 2022-06-05|
|Shanghai (CHINA), 2019-05-17|
When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing at age seven.
Why this sport? "My father is a fencing coach and he introduced the sport to me when I was about seven. I love this sport more than anything, my life revolves around fencing. There is no better feeling than overplaying my opponent and scoring a nice touch."
Club / Team Los Angeles International Fencing Center: United States
Name of coach Misha Itkin [club, father]
Hobbies Athletics, economics, politics. (usafencing.org, 01 Apr 2019)
Hero / Idol Italian fencer Andrea Baldini, US basketball player LeBron James. (usafencing.org, 06 Apr 2021)
Awards and honours While at the University of Notre Dame in the United States of America, he was named the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference [ACC] Men's Foil Fencer of the Year. (theacc.com, 11 Apr 2019)
Famous relatives His father Misha was a professional fencer in Ukraine and is the co-founder of the Los Angeles International Fencing Center in the United States of America. His mother and his grandmother competed in gymnastics at national level in Ukraine. (voyagela.com, 06 Feb 2023; und.com, 07 Jun 2018)
Other information FATHER'S INFLUENCE
He was introduced to the sport by his father Misha, who became his coach. "I am really lucky to have this relationship with my father where he is my coach and my father. He wants it as much as I do. On the side of the strip, his emotion is just so strong and that helps me and encourages me, and it hypes me up. I started working with him when I was seven years old and he's been with me ever since. He's originally from Ukraine and we speak Russian together. It's pretty funny as he always coaches me in Russian unless my opponent is Russian, then he coaches me in English." (fie.org, 06 Feb 2020)
He is eligible to compete for Ukraine through his parents. "I knew it was possible [to represent Ukraine] if I wanted to, but I never acted on it. I enjoyed competing for the US and always had the dream of being on the US national team." (Sportbite Fencing, 09 Jan 2021)
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