Personal Information

Family Partner Casey Ness

Residence Houston, TX, USA

Occupation Athlete

Languages English

Higher education Design - University of Notre Dame: United States

License number 04041988000


World Cup--11
St-Maur (FRANCE), 2014-02-28
Zone Championships53210
Reno - Nevada (USA), 2011-07-04Montreal (CANADA), 2007-08-27Queretaro (MEXICO), 2008-07-08
Panama (PANAMA), 2016-06-21San José (COSTA RICA), 2010-08-04Cartagena (COLOMBIA), 2013-06-18
Montreal (CANADA), 2017-06-13Santiago (CHILE), 2015-04-17
La Havane (CUBA), 2018-06-16
Toronto (CANADA), 2019-06-28
Grand Prix--11
Rio de Janeiro (BRAZIL), 2015-05-23

Sport Specific Information

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

Why this sport? Her parents, who have both practised and coached fencing, introduced her to the sport.

Club / Team Alliance Fencing Academy: Houston, TX, USA

Name of coach Andrey Geva [club, national]

Handedness Left

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement Winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (Instagram team profile, 23 Jun 2017)

Awards and honours She won the University of Notre Dame Knute Rockne Student-Athlete Award in 2010. (hurleysisters.com, 20 Feb 2017)

Famous relatives Her younger sister Courtney also represents the United States of America in fencing. Together they won bronze in team epee at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and competed at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Their father Robert was a pentathlete who coached them for most of their career. Their mother Tracy was an epee fencer. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Jul 2018; hurleysisters.com, 20 Feb 2017; teamusa.org, 27 May 2015)

Ambitions To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook team page, 23 Jun 2017)

Other information RETIREMENT PLANS
She had intended to quit fencing after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in order to go to medical school, but after the disappointment of her early exit, and seeing the Tokyo presentation at the closing ceremony, she set her sights on the 2020 Olympic Games. In 2017 she finished her master's degree in public health at the University of Texas and began concentrating full-time on fencing. "I just began to really think that I'm not ready to quit yet. I did want to take a break, but I felt there was so much more out there." Following the postponement of the 2020 Games, she brought forward her planned start date at Saint James School of Medicine from September 2020 to May that year. "I decided to start when I wasn't sure if the Olympics was happening. I didn't want to wait another year and then find out the Olympics had been cancelled. I'm not exactly a spring chicken and I would just be waiting around." (houstonchronicle.com, 24 Mar 2020; usafencing.com, 30 Mar 2021; washingtonpost.com, 20 April 2017; chron.com, 04 Apr 2017)

In 2020 she began studying at the Anguilla-based Saint James School of Medicine, initially online due to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure she was able to compete at international tournaments. "I didn't go to the island specifically because I thought, 'Well maybe if they have a tournament, I can't just hop over to China or wherever real fast from this little island'. So thank goodness online is an option." She says adjusting back to education was challenging. "Having a completely, 100% athletic career for the last decade with no school at all, it was really difficult in a lot of different ways just to turn my brain back on. I went from being super active and training to sitting down and not moving to studying, and studying, and studying. It was a rough first semester." (usafencing.com, 30 Mar 2021; usfencing.org, 27 Jul 2013; washingtonpost.com, 20 April 2017; chron.com, 04 Apr 2017)

She has a close relationship with younger sister Courtney, although it was not always that way growing up. "When I was maybe 15 or 16 and Courtney was 12 or 13, Courtney started to get good enough to beat me, and that was when tension sort of started. It was tough as a sister when your younger sister can finally beat you. But then, right around when I went to college, our competitiveness toward each other kind of stopped. And then once Courtney joined me in college, we actually became roommates, and I'd say that's when we started to get pretty close. Our competitive fire was no longer toward each other, it was more a team effort - Courtney and I versus everyone else. And I'd say since then, our relationship has been tighter than any other sibling relationship I've ever encountered." (cosmopolitan.com, 02 Jun 2016)


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