Personal Information

Residence Los Angeles, CA, USA

Occupation Athlete, Student

Languages English, Russian

Higher education Business, Political Science - University of Notre Dame: United States

License number 09101999000


World Cup1-12
Paris (FRANCE), 2020-01-10Bonn (GERMANY), 2018-11-09
Grand Prix-1-1
Shanghai (CHINA), 2019-05-17

Sport Specific Information

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 then overplaying my opponent and scoring a nice touch."

Club / Team University of Notre Dame [USA] / LA International Fencing [USA]:

Name of coach Igor Zapozdaev [LA International]; Michael Itkin [father], UKR

Training Regime While he is at college he trains five days a week. "I'll have classes in the morning and then I'll have a break and I'll go take a [fencing] lesson. We have training from 16:00 to 18:30 and we have conditioning three times per week. Sometimes in the morning, normally before training, there might be some other conditioning or training that might happen throughout the week, but that's basically the schedule. Monday through Friday 16:00 to 18:30 is our training."

Handedness Right

General Interest

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 He was named the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Foil Fencer of the Year in the United States of America. (theacc.com, 11 Apr 2019)

Famous relatives His father Michael was a professional fencer in Ukraine. His mother and his grandmother competed in gymnastics at national level in Ukraine. (und.com, 07 Jun 2018)

Other information FATHER AS COACH
He is coached by his father Michael Itkin. "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)

In 2019/20 he opted to take a gap year from his studies at University of Notre Dame, IN, United States of America, to focus on training for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I'll be doing a lot of travelling and a lot of camps and trying to reach that goal." (ndsmcobserver.com, 17 Apr 2019)


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