The 14-member 2016 U.S. Olympic Fencing Team already has a two-time Olympic champion on its roster and a top-ranked men’s foil fencer who is the son of a three-time Olympian.
U.S. fencers are expected to be medal contenders in all three disciplines in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games: foil, epee and saber.
In addition to individual competition, the United States will be going after podium finishes in the team competition in women’s epee, women’s saber and men’s foil.
Mariel Zagunis, a three-time Olympic medalist and two-time champion in women’s saber, is the most decorated fencer in U.S. Olympic history. Two others will be in their third Olympic Games: Kelley Hurley in women’s epee and Gerek Meinhardt in men’s foil.
History will be made when Ibtihaj Muhammad competes in women’s saber. She’ll make her Olympic debut at age 30 and will be the first woman in U.S. history to compete in the Olympic Games wearing a hijab.
All three fencers on the men’s foil team have been ranked number one or two in the world rankings, including the current number one, Alexander Massialas, who is coached by his father, Greg, a three-time Olympian. Also on that squad are Meinhardt and Miles Chamley-Watson, the first U.S. man to win a senior world title. Massialas and Meinhardt finished one-two in the 2015 Pan American Games.