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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 39 Timothy Frank "Tim" Morehouse 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 Summer Olympics in ...more

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Valentina Vezzali is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
age 44 Valentina Vezzali is an Italian fencer and politician. As fencer she has won six Olympic gold medals in foil competitions. Together with the German shooter Ralf Schumann, the Slovak slalom ...more

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Gerek Meinhardt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Gerek Meinhardt age 27 Gerek Lin Meinhardt is a foil fencer from San Francisco, California, United States. He is currently ranked second in the FIE rankings.

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Julie Cloutier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Julie Cloutier age 31 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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Mariel Zagunis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
age 33 Mariel Leigh Zagunis is an American sabre fencer. She won the gold medals in the individual sabre at the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Olympics. She is the second American to win a ...more

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Dorina Vaccaroni is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added age 53 Dorina Vaccaroni is an Italian fencer competing in the foil.

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Kelley Hurley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Kelley Hurley age 29 Kelley Hurley is a female American épée fencer. She won the bronze medal in the women's team épée event at the 2012 Summer Olympics. A standout at the University of ...more

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Anya Fichtel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added age 49 Anja Fichtel-Mauritz is a German fencer. At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, she won in the individual and team competitions, and she won the individual competition of the World Championship ...more

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Hanna Thompson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
age 32 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

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Emily Cross is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
age 31 Emily Cross is a U.S. foil fencer who is a member of the 2008 Olympics U.S. Women's foil team. She is best known for helping win the team foil silver medal for the U.S. at the 2008 Beijing ...more

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Nedo Nadi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added Died at 46 (1894-1940) Nedo Nadi was an Italian fencer, widely regarded as one of, if not, the best ever. He is the only fencer to win a gold medal in each of the three weapons at a single Olympic Games and won the ...more

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Sabine Bau is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added age 48 Sabine Bau is a German fencer. She won five medals at four different Olympic Games between 1988 and 2000.

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Jerzy Pawłowski is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added Died at 73 (1932-2005) Jerzy Pawłowski was a Polish fencer and double agent.

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Viktor Krovopuskov is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added age 69 Viktor Alekseyevich Krovopuskov is a retired sabre fencer, who competed for the USSR. Krovopuskov began fencing at age 13 at the Children and Youth Sport School in Moscow, his first trainer ...more

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Benjamin Kleibrink is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
age 32 Benjamin Philip Kleibrink is a German Foil fencer. Kleibrink's greatest achievement is a gold medal win in men's individual Foil in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. To win gold, Kleibrink beat Kenta ...more

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Jason Rogers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
age 34 Jason Rogers is an American saber fencer

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Keeth Smart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
age 39 Keeth Thomas Smart is a US sabre fencer who became the first American to gain the sport's #1 ranking for males. He received a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

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Rebecca Ward is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
age 28 Rebecca Ward brings to Tealeaf a wealth of experience in managing and growing technology businesses. She joins Tealeaf after most recently serving as entrepreneur in residence at Foundation ...more

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Jean-François Lamour is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added age 62 Jean-François Lamour is a former French fencer and current French politician and cabinet minister. A top fencer, he was a gold medallist at the 1984 Olympics and 1988 Olympics and a ...more

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Elisa Di Francisca is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added age 35 Elisa Di Francisca is an Italian foil fencer, Olympic champion in 2012, World champion in 2010 and three-time European champion. She won the 2010–11 World Cup series and has seven World Cup ...more

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James Leighman Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
age 32 James Leighman Williams is an American fencer.

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Sada Jacobson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
age 35 Sada Molly Jacobson is an American fencer. Her hometown is Dunwoody, GA. She is the 2008 Olympic Individual Sabre silver medalist and 2004 Olympic Individual Sabre bronze medalist. She has been ...more

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Győző Kulcsár is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added age 77 Győző Kulcsár is a Hungarian fencer and Olympic champion in épée competition. He received a gold medal in the épée individual event at the 1968 Summer Olympics ...more

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Ilona Elek is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added Died at 81 (1907-1988) Ilona Elek, known also as Ilona Elek-Schacherer of a Jewish father and Roman Catholic mother, was a Hungarian Olympic fencer. Elek won more international fencing titles than any other woman.

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Seth "Weston" Kelsey age 34 Weston "Seth" Kelsey is an American épée fencer and three time Olympic fencer. He competed at the 2004, 2008 Summer Olympic Games and 2012 Summer Olympic Games. He ...more