Personal Information

Family Partner Anthony Flask

Residence Jersey City, NJ, USA

Occupation Athlete

Languages English, Polish

Higher education Biology - St John's University: Jamaica, NY, USA

License number 01071988000


World Cup-257
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2008-02-23La Havane (CUBA), 2009-06-11
Gand (BELGIUM), 2011-06-10La Havane (CUBA), 2010-06-05
Gand (BELGIUM), 2014-02-21
Orléans (FRANCE), 2014-11-21
Athènes (GREECE), 2015-01-30
Zone Championships1236
La Havane (CUBA), 2018-06-15Cancun (MEXICO), 2012-06-16San José (COSTA RICA), 2010-08-03
Santiago (CHILE), 2015-04-17Cartagena (COLOMBIA), 2013-06-17
San José (COSTA RICA), 2014-06-02

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She tried gymnastics, karate and tennis before taking up fencing at age 10 at the Polish-American Fencing School in Linden, NJ, United States of America.

Why this sport? Her father enrolled her in a fencing class, where she started with epee. "I think it was more to keep me busy and to help me practise the language as my coach was Polish. It was an after-school programme kind of thing and I did it once or twice a week and I just started falling in love with it. The best thing about fencing was that I could hit other kids and not get in trouble. I was such a tomboy growing up and would fight with boys in the streets to stand up for myself. Sometimes I started the fights but nothing was ever too crazy. I just hated being told you can't do something because I'm a girl."

Club / Team Manhattan Fencing Center: New York, NY, USA

Name of coach Yury Gelman [club]

Handedness Left

General Interest

Nicknames Daga (Facebook profile, 16 Jun 2019)

Hobbies Dancing, music, snowboarding, cooking, spending time with friends, watching movies. (Facebook page, 23 Jun 2017)

Memorable sporting achievement Winning bronze in the women's sabre team event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 04 May 2021; usafencing.org, 03 Feb 2021)

Most influential person in career Her family. (pursu.it, 14 Nov 2014)

Hero / Idol US footballer Mia Hamm, US fencers Keeth Smart, Ivan Lee, Sada Jacobson and Alexis Jemal. (redstormsports.com, 08 Jul 2008)

Injuries She underwent surgery on her Achilles in 2019. (usafencing.org, 03 Feb 2021)

After she was knocked out of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, her coach revealed that she had a torn right Achilles tendon that required surgery. She was able to compete due to pain killers and tape. (nj.com, 01 Aug 2012)

She sprained her ankle in 2005 and missed two months of competition. (gmnews.com, 16 Aug 2006)

Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs "I have a collection of bracelets that I have with me [during competitions] but I don't always wear all of them. It's a reminder of the people that believe in me no matter what the result or performance is. I also like to listen to a playlist that pumps me up. Before the match, I take three deeps breaths and focus on the opponent in front of me." (wmagazine.com, 16 Jun 2016)

Sporting philosophy / motto "Learn how to lose, and learn from losing." (digitaljournal.com, 11 Dec 2018)

Ambitions To win individual and team gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (digitaljournal.com, 11 Dec 2018; athleisuremag.com, 10 Sep 2018)

Born in Poland, she moved to the United States of America with her parents at age one. (Facebook page, 23 Jun 2017)


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