Languages English, Mandarin
Higher education Business Management, Economics - Columbia University: New York, NY, USA
License number 15041994004
|Vancouver (CANADA), 2019-02-08|
|La Havane (CUBA), 2018-06-15|
|Doha (QATAR), 2019-01-25|
When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing in middle school in Philadelphia, PA, United States of America.
Why this sport? He joined a club after being introduced to the sport through fencing lessons at school. "After I got the basics taught to me a couple weeks in, it was clear that I kind of had a talent and the coach told me so. And so I started taking it pretty seriously very early on."
Club / Team New York Athletic Club: United States
Name of coach Aladar Kogler [personal]
Nicknames Jake (Facebook profile, 07 Mar 2019)
Most influential person in career His family. (Radical Fencing Facebook page, 06 Feb 2018)
Injuries In 2014, while competing at Columbia University, he suffered a stress fracture in his foot that ruled him out for six weeks. (columbiaspectator.com, 06 Apr 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto "There's so many ways to score touches and there's so many ways to train and there's so many ways to think about the game. You really have to try as much as you can and learn what works. I don't think everybody can fence the way I fence because I can't fence the way a lot of other guys fence." (usafencing.org, 04 May 2021)
Awards and honours While competing at Columbia University in New York, NY, United States of America, he received the 2016 Connie S. Maniatty Outstanding Male Senior Student-Athlete Award from the university. He was also presented with the 2015 and 2016 James Murray Memorial Trophy, as well as the inaugural William V. Campbell Athlete of the Year award in 2015 by Columbia University. (LinkedIn profile, 2018; gocolumbialions.com, 26 Apr 2016; college.columbia.edu, 2015)
Other information COLLEGIATE CAREER
After being overlooked by a number of US universities following high school, he went on to win two National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] Division I titles competing for Columbia University in 2015 and 2016. "I wasn't a very desirable recruit when I was in high school. I emailed a lot of coaches at colleges and universities on the east coast [of the United States of America] being like, 'I want to come, I want to fence, do you have a spot for me?' A lot of people didn't answer but I came to Columbia and met with [head coach] Michael Aufrichtig and he gave me a spot. It was the luckiest thing ever. When I was in high school I just wanted to be on a college team. I never would have thought that I would win an NCAA championship once, let alone twice." (columbiaspectator.com, 06 Apr 2020; Sydney Neely YouTube channel, 26 Apr 2018)
In 2021 he ran the New York City Marathon in aid of the Muscular Dystrophy Association [MDA]. His cousin Max has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. "MDA is extremely important to families affected by muscular dystrophy by providing support, continuing care, and accelerating research efforts. MDA creates hope for so many families. I know it has for mine. In my years of preparation for the Olympics I was constantly in awe of Max and his parents' strength. Their resilience kept me going. It means the world to me to take on a challenge that gives back to an organisation so meaningful to them." (Facebook profile, 14 Apr 2022; Instagram profile, 18 Sep 2021; mda.org, 18 Oct 2021)
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