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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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  • 1
    Rudolf Kárpáti
    93
    20

    Rudolf Kárpáti

    Dec. at 79 (1920-1999)

    Date Of Birth1920-07-17

    Place Of BirthBudapest,Hungary,Europe,Earth,Central Europe

    NationalityHungary

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

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Sabre individual

    Olympic Medalist Games1960 Summer Olympics,1956 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Rudolf Kárpáti (17 July 1920 – 1 February 1999) was a fencer from Hungary, who won six gold... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Aladár Gerevich
    68
    7

    Aladár Gerevich

    Dec. at 81 (1910-1991)

    Date Of Birth1910-03-16

    Place Of BirthJászberény,Hungary,Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok,Earth,Europe

    NationalityHungary

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFencing 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

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Sabre individual

    Olympic Medalist Games1948 Summer Olympics,1936 Summer Olympics,1952 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Bronze medal,Silver medal

    Aladár Gerevich (16 March 1910 – 14 May 1991) was a Hungarian fencer who was regarded as "the... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Győző Kulcsár
    79
    15

    Date Of Birth1940-10-08

    Place Of BirthBudapest,Hungary,Europe,Earth,Central Europe

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFencing 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

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Épée individual

    Olympic Medalist Games1972 Summer Olympics,1968 Summer Olympics,1976 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Gold medal

    Győző Kulcsár (18 October 1940 – 19 September 2018) was a Hungarian fencer. He competed in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Pavel Kolobkov
    62
    5

    Date Of Birth1969-09-22

    Place Of BirthMoscow,Russia,Soviet Union,Europe,Asia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFencing 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

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Épée individual

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Gold medal,Silver medal

    Pavel Anatolyevich Kolobkov (Russian: Павел Анатольевич Колобков, born 22 September 1969) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 5

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1982-12-22

    Place Of BirthCologne,Germany,North Rhine-Westphalia,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportFencing

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFencing at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's Épée, Individual

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Épée individual

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Britta Heidemann (born 22 December 1982) is a German épée fencer.
  • 6
    Anya Fichtel
    79
    23

    Date Of Birth1968-08-17

    Place Of BirthTauberbischofsheim,Baden-Württemberg,Main-Tauber,Germany,Europe

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFencing at the 1988 Summer Olympics - Women's Foil, Individual

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Foil individual

    Olympic Medalist Games1988 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Anja Fichtel-Mauritz (born 17 August 1968, née Fichtel) is a German fencer. At the 1988 Summer... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Ellen Osiier
    50
    2

    Ellen Osiier

    Dec. at 72 (1890-1962)

    Date Of Birth1890-08-13

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFencing at the 1924 Summer Olympics – Women's Foil, Individual

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Foil individual

    Olympic Medalist Games1924 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Ellen Osiier (August 13, 1890 – September 6, 1962) was a Danish foil fencer. Osiier was born... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Benjamin Kleibrink

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1985-07-30

    Place Of BirthDüsseldorf,Germany,Düsseldorf,North Rhine-Westphalia,Europe

    Olympic SportFencing

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFencing at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Foil, Individual

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Foil individual

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Benjamin Philip Kleibrink (born 30 July 1985, Düsseldorf) is a German Foil fencer. Kleibrink's... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Jean-François Lamour

    Date Of Birth1956-02-02

    Place Of BirthParis,France,Île-de-France,Paris metropolitan area,Europe

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFencing 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

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Sabre individual

    Olympic Medalist Games1988 Summer Olympics,1984 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Bronze medal

    Jean-François Lamour (born 2 February 1956, Paris) is a former French fencer and current... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Viktor Krovopuskov

    Date Of Birth1948-09-29

    Place Of BirthMoscow,Russia,Soviet Union,Europe,Asia

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

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Sabre individual

    Olympic Medalist Games1980 Summer Olympics,1976 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Viktor Alekseyevich Krovopuskov (Russian: Ви́ктор Алексе́евич Кровопу́сков) (born September... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Mariel Zagunis
    92
    42

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1985-03-03

    Place Of BirthBeaverton,Oregon,Washington County,United States of America,United States

    Olympic SportFencing

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFencing 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 EventWomen's Sabre team,Women's Sabre individual

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Gold medal

    Mariel Leigh Zagunis (born March 3, 1985) is an American sabre fencer. She is a two-time... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Sofiya Velikaya
    45
    2

    Olympic CountryRussia

    Date Of Birth1985-06-08

    Place Of BirthAlmaty, Kazakhstan

    Olympic SportFencing

    NationalityRussia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFencing at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's sabre

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Sabre individual

    Olympic Medalist GamesThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Sofiya Aleksandrovna Velikaya (Russian: Софья Александровна Великая; born 8 June 1985) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    86
    39

    Gerek Meinhardt

    Age: 28

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1990-07-27

    Place Of BirthSan Francisco, California, United States of America

    Olympic SportFencing

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics

    Gerek Lin Meinhardt (born July 27, 1990) is an American foil fencer.
  • 14
    Jerzy Pawłowski
    59
    16

    Jerzy Pawłowski

    Dec. at 73 (1932-2005)

    Date Of Birth1932-10-25

    Place Of BirthWarsaw,Poland,Masovian Voivodeship,Warsaw Voivodeship - II RP,Earth

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

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Sabre individual

    Olympic Medalist Games1968 Summer Olympics,1956 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Silver medal

    Jerzy Władysław Pawłowski (25 October 1932 – 11 January 2005) was a Polish fencer and double... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Olga Kharlan
    59
    16

    Olga Kharlan

    Age: 28

    Date Of Birth1990-09-04

    Olha Hennadiyivna Kharlan (Ukrainian: Ольга Геннадіївна Харлан; born 4 September 1990) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Sabine Bau
    67
    25

    Sabine Bau

    Age: 49

    Date Of Birth1969-07-19

    Place Of BirthWürzburg,Germany,Bavaria,Europe,Western Europe

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFencing at the 1988 Summer Olympics - Women's Foil, Individual

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Foil individual

    Olympic Medalist Games1988 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Sabine Bau (born 19 July 1969) is a German fencer.
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    Yana Shemyakina
    42
    2

    Olympic CountryUkraine

    Date Of Birth1986-01-05

    Place Of BirthLviv, Ukraine

    Olympic SportFencing

    NationalityUkraine

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFencing at the 2012 Summer Olympics - Women's Épée, Individual

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Épée individual

    Olympic Medalist GamesThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Yana Volodymyrivna Shemyakina (Ukrainian: Яна Володимирівна Шемякіна; born 5 January 1986) is... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Elena Novikova-Belova

    Date Of Birth1947-07-28

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

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Foil individual

    Olympic Medalist Games1976 Summer Olympics,1968 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Gold medal

    Elena Dmitriyevna Novikova-Belova (Russian: Елена Дмитриевна Новикова-Белова, née Novikova on... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Albert Robert Ayat
    40
    4

    Albert Robert Ayat

    Dec. at 60 (1875-1935)

    Date Of Birth1876

    Albert Jean Louis Ayat (7 March 1875 – 2 December 1935) was a French fencer. He competed at... more on Wikipedia
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    38
    2

    Marcel Fischer

    Age: 40

    Date Of Birth1978-08-14

    Place Of BirthBiel/Bienne,Switzerland,Biel,Earth,Europe

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFencing at the 2004 Summer Olympics -Men's Épée, Individual

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Épée individual

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Marcel Fischer (born 14 August 1978, in Biel/Bienne) is a Swiss fencer who competed in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Dorina Vaccaroni
    63
    26

    Date Of Birth1964-09-24

    Place Of BirthMestre, Italy

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFencing at the 1984 Summer Olympics - Women's Foil, Individual

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Foil individual

    Olympic Medalist Games1984 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Dorina Vaccaroni (born 24 September 1963 in Mestre) is a former Italian fencer competing in... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Ilona Elek
    47
    12

    Ilona Elek

    Dec. at 81 (1907-1988)

    Date Of Birth1907-05-17

    Place Of BirthBudapest,Hungary,Europe,Earth,Central Europe

    NationalityHungary

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFencing 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

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Foil individual

    Olympic Medalist Games1948 Summer Olympics,1936 Summer Olympics,1952 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Silver medal

    Ilona Elek, known also as Ilona Elek-Schacherer (née "Schacherer"; May 17, 1907 – July 24,... more on Wikipedia
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    Christian d'Oriola
    47
    12

    Christian d'Oriola

    Dec. at 79 (1928-2007)

    Date Of Birth1928-10-03

    Place Of BirthPerpignan,Languedoc-Roussillon,Pyrénées-Orientales,France,Europe

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFencing 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

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Foil individual

    Olympic Medalist Games1948 Summer Olympics,1956 Summer Olympics,1952 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Gold medal

    Christian d'Oriola (3 October 1928 – 29 October 2007) was a French fencer. He was a cousin of... more on Wikipedia
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    Valentina Vezzali
    115
    81

    Olympic CountryItaly

    Date Of Birth1974-02-14

    Place Of BirthJesi,Italy,Province of Ancona,Marche,Earth

    Olympic SportFencing

    NationalityItaly

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFencing 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

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Foil individual,Women's Foil team

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Bronze medal,Silver medal

    Valentina Vezzali (Italian pronunciation: [valenˈtiːna vetˈtsaːli]; born 14 February 1974) is... more on Wikipedia

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    Hanna  Thompson
    52
    24

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Olympic SportFencing

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFencing at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's team foil

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Foil team

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Hanna Thompson is an American foil fencer who is a member of the 2008 Olympics U.S. Women's... more on Wikipedia