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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
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 45
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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Mariel Zagunis is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Gerek Meinhardt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Gerek Meinhardt age 28
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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Anya Fichtel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added age 50
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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Julie Cloutier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Julie Cloutier age 32
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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Sabine Bau is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added age 49
Sabine Bau is a German fencer. She won five medals at four different Olympic Games between 1988 and 2000.
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Jean-François Lamour is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added age 63
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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Győző Kulcsár is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added age 78
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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Benjamin Kleibrink is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
age 33
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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Nedo Nadi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added Dec. 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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Viktor Krovopuskov is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added age 70
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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Hanna Thompson is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Rudolf Kárpáti is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added Dec. at 79 (1920-1999)
Rudolf Kárpáti was a fencer from Hungary, who won six gold medals in sabre at four Olympic Games. He also won seven gold, three silver and two bronze medals at the World ...more
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Dorina Vaccaroni is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added age 54
Dorina Vaccaroni is an Italian fencer competing in the foil.
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Christian d'Oriola is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added Dec. at 79 (1928-2007)
Christian D'Oriola was a noted French foil fencer named "Fencer of the 20th Century" by the FIE, the International Fencing Federation, in 2001. Born in Perpignan, France, he was World ...more
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Ilona Elek is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added Dec. 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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Jerzy Pawłowski is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added Dec. at 73 (1932-2005)
Jerzy Pawłowski was a Polish fencer and double agent.
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Britta Heidemann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
age 36
Britta Heidemann is a German épée fencer.
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Aladár Gerevich is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Elix added Dec. at 81 (1910-1991)
Aladár Gerevich was a fencer from Hungary, regarded as "the greatest Olympic swordsman ever". He won medals in sabre in six Olympics.
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Elena Novikova-Belova is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added age 71
Elena Novikova-Belova is a Soviet fencer and four times Olympic champion in foil competitions. She received four gold medals, one silver and one bronze medal in the foil at the Summer Olympics ...more
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Elisa Di Francisca is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Sparwasser added age 36
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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Olga Kharlan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Olga Kharlan age 28
Olha Kharlan is a Ukrainian sabre fencer. She holds a bronze medal from the 2012 Summer Olympics and is twice World champion and five-times European champion. She was Olympic team champion in ...more
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Albert Robert Ayat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Elix added Albert Robert Ayat Dec. at 60 (1875-1935)
Albert Jean Louis Ayat was a French fencer who competed in the late 19th century and early 20th century. He participated in Fencing at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris and won the gold medal in ...more
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Ellen Osiier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Fencing
Elix added Ellen Osiier Dec. at 72 (1890-1962)
Ellen Osiier was a Danish foil fencer. The 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris was the first Olympic Games to feature women's fencing. Osiier, then 33, won the gold medal as she was undefeated in the ...more