Residence Hoboken, NJ, USA
Languages English, Polish
Higher education Biology - St. John's University: Jamaica, NY, USA
|Budapest (HUNGARY), 2008-02-23||La Havane (CUBA), 2009-06-11|
|Gand (BELGIUM), 2011-06-10||La Havane (CUBA), 2010-06-05|
|Gand (BELGIUM), 2014-02-21|
|Orléans (FRANCE), 2014-11-21|
|Athènes (GREECE), 2015-01-30|
|La Havane (CUBA), 2018-06-15||Cancun (MEXICO), 2012-06-16||San José (COSTA RICA), 2010-08-03|
|Santiago (CHILE), 2015-04-17||Cartagena (COLOMBIA), 2013-06-17|
|San José (COSTA RICA), 2014-06-02|
When and where did you begin this sport? She began 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 practice 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]
Training Regime She works on endurance as fencing competitions are scheduled to last the whole day. She also includes pilates and crossfit into her training sessions.
Nicknames Daga (Facebook profile, 16 Jun 2019)
Hobbies Dancing, music, snowboarding, cooking, spending time with friends, watching movies. (Facebook page, 23 Jun 2017)
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 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 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." (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)
Other information EUROPE TO THE UNITED STATES
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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