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The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing 

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List of the best fencing Olympic athletes of all time, with photos of the athletes when available. The famous fencing event Olympians on this list are all regarded as some of the toughest athletes to have ever competed at the Olympics. Almost every one of these historic fencing Olympians have taken home a medal, which is why they've earned a spot on this list. Only the greatest fencing Olympic athletes are featured on the front page of this list, so be sure to vote for who you believe are the best fencing athletes and vote down the ones you disagree with.

This list includes Mariel Zagunis, Valentina Vezzali and more athletes.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Olympic fencing athletes?" and "Who is the best fencing competitor of all time?"
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Tim Morehouse is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Age: 40

Olympic Country: United States of America

Date Of Birth: 1978-07-29

Place Of Birth: The Bronx, United States of America, New York City

Olympic Sport: Fencing

Nationality: United States of America

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Fencing at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's team sabre

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Sabre team

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal

Timothy Frank "Tim" Morehouse (born July 29, 1978) is an American fencer who won a Silver Medal competing in the men's sabre as a member of the United States fencing team at the 2008 ...more
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Rudolf Kárp&aacut... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added Dec. at 79 (1920-1999)

Date Of Birth: 1920-07-17

Place Of Birth: Budapest, Hungary, Europe, Earth, Central Europe, + more

Nationality: Hungary

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Fencing at the 1960 Summer Olympics - Men's Sabre, Individual, Fencing at the 1956 Summer Olympics - Men's Sabre, Individual

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Sabre individual

Olympic Medalist Games: 1960 Summer Olympics, 1956 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

Rudolf Kárpáti (17 July 1920 – 1 February 1999) was a fencer from Hungary, who won six gold medals in sabre at four Olympic Games (1948–1960). He also won seven gold, three silver ...more
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Mariel Zagunis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Age: 33

Olympic Country: United States of America

Date Of Birth: 1985-03-03

Place Of Birth: Beaverton, Oregon, Washington County, United States of America, United States, + more

Olympic Sport: Fencing

Nationality: United States of America

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Fencing at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's team sabre, Fencing at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's sabre, Fencing at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's sabre

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Sabre team, Women's Sabre individual

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics, 2004 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal, Gold medal

Mariel Leigh Zagunis (born March 3, 1985) is an American sabre fencer. She is a two-time Olympic champion in the individual sabre (2004 and 2008) and the first American to win a gold medal in ...more
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Valentina Vezzali is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Age: 45

Olympic Country: Italy

Date Of Birth: 1974-02-14

Place Of Birth: Jesi, Italy, Province of Ancona, Marche, Earth, + more

Olympic Sport: Fencing

Nationality: Italy

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Fencing at the 2008 Summer Olympics -Women's Foil, Individual, Fencing at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's team foil, Fencing at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's Foil, Individual, + more

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Foil individual, Women's Foil team

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics, 2004 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics, 1996 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics, 1996 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Bronze medal, Silver medal

Valentina Vezzali (Italian pronunciation: [valenˈtiːna vetˈtsaːli]; born 14 February 1974) is an Italian fencer and politician. As fencer she has won six Olympic gold medals in foil ...more

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Gerek Meinhardt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Gerek Meinhardt Age: 28

Olympic Country: United States of America

Date Of Birth: 1990-07-27

Place Of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States of America

Olympic Sport: Fencing

Nationality: United States of America

Olympic Games Participant: The London 2012 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics

Gerek Lin Meinhardt (born July 27, 1990) is an American foil fencer.
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Benjamin Kleibrink is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Age: 33

Olympic Country: Germany

Date Of Birth: 1985-07-30

Place Of Birth: Düsseldorf, Germany, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Europe, + more

Olympic Sport: Fencing

Nationality: Germany

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Fencing at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Foil, Individual

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Foil individual

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

Benjamin Philip Kleibrink (born 30 July 1985, Düsseldorf) is a German Foil fencer. Kleibrink's greatest achievement is a gold medal win in men's individual Foil in the 2008 Beijing ...more
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Győző Kulcsár is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added Age: 78

Date Of Birth: 1940-10-08

Place Of Birth: Budapest, Hungary, Europe, Earth, Central Europe, + more

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Fencing at the 1972 Summer Olympics - Men's Épée, Individual, Fencing at the 1968 Summer Olympics - Men's Épée, Individual, Fencing at the 1976 Summer Olympics - Men's Épée, + more

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Épée individual

Olympic Medalist Games: 1972 Summer Olympics, 1968 Summer Olympics, 1976 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal, Gold medal

Győző Kulcsár (18 October 1940 – 19 September 2018) was a Hungarian fencer. He competed in the individual and team épée events at the 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 Olympics and ...more
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Anya Fichtel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added Age: 50

Date Of Birth: 1968-08-17

Place Of Birth: Tauberbischofsheim, Baden-Württemberg, Main-Tauber, Germany, Europe, + more

Nationality: Germany

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Fencing at the 1988 Summer Olympics - Women's Foil, Individual

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Foil individual

Olympic Medalist Games: 1988 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

Anja Fichtel-Mauritz (born 17 August 1968, née Fichtel) is a German fencer. At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, she won in the individual and team competitions, and she won the ...more
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Aladár Gerevich ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Elix added Dec. at 81 (1910-1991)

Date Of Birth: 1910-03-16

Place Of Birth: Jászberény, Hungary, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Earth, Europe, + more

Nationality: Hungary

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Fencing at the 1948 Summer Olympics - Men's Sabre, Individual, Fencing at the 1936 Summer Olympics - Men's Sabre, Individual, Fencing at the 1952 Summer Olympics - Men's Sabre, + more

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Sabre individual

Olympic Medalist Games: 1948 Summer Olympics, 1936 Summer Olympics, 1952 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Bronze medal, Silver medal

Aladár Gerevich (16 March 1910 – 14 May 1991) was a Hungarian fencer who was regarded as "the greatest Olympic swordsman ever". He won gold medals in sabre in six Olympics.
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Sabine Bau is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added Age: 49

Date Of Birth: 1969-07-19

Place Of Birth: Würzburg, Germany, Bavaria, Europe, Western Europe, + more

Nationality: Germany

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Fencing at the 1988 Summer Olympics - Women's Foil, Individual

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Foil individual

Olympic Medalist Games: 1988 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal

Sabine Bau (born 19 July 1969) is a German fencer.
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Julie Cloutier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Julie Cloutier Age: 32

Olympic Country: Canada

Date Of Birth: 1986-04-24

Olympic Sport: Fencing

Nationality: Canada

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Julie Cloutier is a Canadian fencer. She competed in the individual and team sabre events at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She was a member of the Canadian team that finished in 7th place in the ...more
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Pavel Kolobkov is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Elix added Age: 49

Date Of Birth: 1969-09-22

Place Of Birth: Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, + more

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Fencing at the 2004 Summer Olympics -Men's Épée, Individual, Fencing at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's Épée, Individual, Fencing at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Men's Épée, + more

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Épée individual

Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics, 1992 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal, Gold medal, Silver medal

Pavel Anatolyevich Kolobkov (Russian: Павел Анатольевич Колобков, born 22 September 1969) is a retired Russian (and formerly Soviet) épée fencer. He won one gold, two silver and ...more
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Dorina Vaccaroni is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added Age: 54

Date Of Birth: 1964-09-24

Place Of Birth: Mestre, Italy

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Fencing at the 1984 Summer Olympics - Women's Foil, Individual

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Foil individual

Olympic Medalist Games: 1984 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal

Dorina Vaccaroni (born 24 September 1963 in Mestre) is a former Italian fencer competing in the foil.
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Britta Heidemann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Age: 36

Olympic Country: Germany

Date Of Birth: 1982-12-22

Place Of Birth: Cologne, Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Europe, Western Europe, + more

Olympic Sport: Fencing

Nationality: Germany

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Fencing at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's Épée, Individual

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Épée individual

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

Britta Heidemann (born 22 December 1982) is a German épée fencer.
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Jean-François Lam... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added Age: 63

Date Of Birth: 1956-02-02

Place Of Birth: Paris, France, Île-de-France, Paris metropolitan area, Europe, + more

Nationality: France

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Fencing at the 1988 Summer Olympics - Men's Sabre, Individual, Fencing at the 1984 Summer Olympics - Men's Sabre, Individual, Fencing at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Men's Sabre, + more

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Sabre individual

Olympic Medalist Games: 1988 Summer Olympics, 1984 Summer Olympics, 1992 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Bronze medal

Jean-François Lamour (born 2 February 1956, Paris) is a former French fencer and current French politician and cabinet minister. A top fencer, he was a gold medallist at the 1984 Olympics ...more
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Jerzy Pawłowski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added Dec. at 73 (1932-2005)

Date Of Birth: 1932-10-25

Place Of Birth: Warsaw, Poland, Masovian Voivodeship, Warsaw Voivodeship - II RP, Earth, + more

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Fencing at the 1968 Summer Olympics - Men's Sabre, Individual, Fencing at the 1956 Summer Olympics - Men's Sabre, Individual

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Sabre individual

Olympic Medalist Games: 1968 Summer Olympics, 1956 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Silver medal

Jerzy Władysław Pawłowski (25 October 1932 – 11 January 2005) was a Polish fencer and double agent.
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Viktor Krovopuskov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added Age: 70

Date Of Birth: 1948-09-29

Place Of Birth: Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, + more

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Fencing at the 1980 Summer Olympics - Men's Sabre, Individual, Fencing at the 1976 Summer Olympics - Men's Sabre, Individual

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Sabre individual

Olympic Medalist Games: 1980 Summer Olympics, 1976 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

Viktor Alekseyevich Krovopuskov (Russian: Ви́ктор Алексе́евич Кровопу́сков) (born September 29, 1948 in Moscow) is a retired sabre fencer, who competed for the USSR. Krovopuskov began fencing at ...more
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Ellen Osiier is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Elix added Ellen Osiier Dec. at 72 (1890-1962)

Date Of Birth: 1890-08-13

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Fencing at the 1924 Summer Olympics – Women's Foil, Individual

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Foil individual

Olympic Medalist Games: 1924 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

Ellen Osiier (August 13, 1890 – September 6, 1962) was a Danish foil fencer. Osiier was born in Hjørring, Nordjylland, Denmark.The 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris was the first Olympic ...more
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Olga Kharlan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Olga Kharlan Age: 28

Date Of Birth: 1990-09-04

Olha Hennadiyivna Kharlan (Ukrainian: Ольга Геннадіївна Харлан; born 4 September 1990) is a Ukrainian sabre fencer. She holds a bronze medal from both the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2012 ...more
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Elena Novikova-Belova is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added Age: 71

Date Of Birth: 1947-07-28

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Fencing at the 1976 Summer Olympics - Women's Foil, Individual, Fencing at the 1968 Summer Olympics - Women's Foil, Individual

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Foil individual

Olympic Medalist Games: 1976 Summer Olympics, 1968 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal, Gold medal

Elena Dmitriyevna Novikova-Belova (Russian: Елена Дмитриевна Новикова-Белова, née Novikova on 28 July 1947) is a retired Russian foil fencer. She competed at the 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980 ...more
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Christian d'Oriola is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added Dec. at 79 (1928-2007)

Date Of Birth: 1928-10-03

Place Of Birth: Perpignan, Languedoc-Roussillon, Pyrénées-Orientales, France, Europe, + more

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Fencing at the 1948 Summer Olympics - Men's Foil, Individual, Fencing at the 1956 Summer Olympics - Men's Foil, Individual, Fencing at the 1952 Summer Olympics - Men's Foil, + more

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Foil individual

Olympic Medalist Games: 1948 Summer Olympics, 1956 Summer Olympics, 1952 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal, Gold medal

Christian d'Oriola (3 October 1928 – 29 October 2007) was a French fencer. He was a cousin of the Olympic equestrian Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola. D'Oriola took part in the 1948, 1952, 1956 ...more
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Sofiya Velikaya is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Elix added Age: 33

Olympic Country: Russia

Date Of Birth: 1985-06-08

Place Of Birth: Almaty, Kazakhstan

Olympic Sport: Fencing

Nationality: Russia

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Fencing at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's sabre

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Sabre individual

Olympic Medalist Games: The London 2012 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: The London 2012 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal

Sofiya Aleksandrovna Velikaya (Russian: Софья Александровна Великая; born 8 June 1985) is a Russian sabre fencer, Olympic gold and silver medalist, eight-times World champion and nine-times ...more
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Ilona Elek is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added Dec. at 81 (1907-1988)

Date Of Birth: 1907-05-17

Place Of Birth: Budapest, Hungary, Europe, Earth, Central Europe, + more

Nationality: Hungary

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Fencing at the 1948 Summer Olympics - Women's Foil, Individual, Fencing at the 1936 Summer Olympics - Women's Foil, Individual, Fencing at the 1952 Summer Olympics - Women's Foil, + more

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Foil individual

Olympic Medalist Games: 1948 Summer Olympics, 1936 Summer Olympics, 1952 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Silver medal

Ilona Elek, known also as Ilona Elek-Schacherer (née "Schacherer"; May 17, 1907 – July 24, 1988) was a Hungarian Olympic fencer. Elek won more international fencing titles than
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Yana Shemyakina is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Elix added Age: 33

Olympic Country: Ukraine

Date Of Birth: 1986-01-05

Place Of Birth: Lviv, Ukraine

Olympic Sport: Fencing

Nationality: Ukraine

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Fencing at the 2012 Summer Olympics - Women's Épée, Individual

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Épée individual

Olympic Medalist Games: The London 2012 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: The London 2012 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

Yana Volodymyrivna Shemyakina (Ukrainian: Яна Володимирівна Шемякіна; born 5 January 1986) is a Ukrainian épée fencer, Olympic champion at the 2012 Summer Olympics, bronze ...more
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Hanna Thompson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Age: 32

Olympic Country: United States of America

Olympic Sport: Fencing

Nationality: United States of America

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Fencing at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's team foil

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Foil team

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal

Hanna Thompson is an American foil fencer who is a member of the 2008 Olympics U.S. Women's foil team, which won the silver medal. She graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law and ...more