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VAN ERVEN GARCIA Saskia Loretta

Rank39
Pts40.500
Age32
HandR

Personal Information

Residence Rome, ITA

Occupation Athlete

Languages Dutch, English, Spanish

Higher education Journalism - University of Amsterdam: Netherlands

GoldSilverBronzeTotal
Zone Championships-112
Cancun (MEXICO), 2012-06-17Santiago (CHILE), 2015-04-17
21-3
Antalya (TURKEY), 2017-12-09Cancun (MEXICO), 2015-10-13
Barcelone (SPAIN), 2018-02-24

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age six.

Why this sport? Her mother was an international fencer and Saskia got involved in the sport as soon as she was strong enough to hold a sword.

Club / Team SchermCentrum Amsterdam [NED] / Valle [COL]:

Name of coach Jorge Berrio [national], COL

Handedness Right

General Interest

Most influential person in career Her mother Gloria Garcia Pacheco. (Instagram profile, 12 May 2019; coc.org.co, 25 Feb 2018)

Sporting philosophy / motto "Fencing is the greatest love of my life. It's my inspiration." (elpais.com.co, 13 Jun 2012)

Famous relatives Her mother Gloria Garcia Pacheco represented Colombia in fencing. She won gold in team foil at the 1971 Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia. (SportsDeskOnline, 25 Jun 2015; elpais.com.co, 13 Jun 2012)

Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (antena2.com.co, 30 Jul 2018)

Other information HERITAGE
She was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, to a Dutch father and a Colombian mother. She represented the Netherlands in fencing earlier in her career, including at the world championships in 2006 and 2007, but she began competing for Colombia in 2011. "I have dedicated my whole life to fencing and winning for Colombia gives me a lot of happiness," (antena2.com.co, 30 Jul 2018; colombiasports.net, 24 Apr 2013; saskialoretta.com, 2012)

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