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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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    Dorina Vaccaroni

    Age: 56
    127
    25

    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 the foil....  more
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    Rudolf Kárpáti

    Dec. at 79 (1920-1999)
    116
    22

    Date Of Birth1920-07-17

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

    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 medals in sabre at four Olympic Games (1948–1960). He also won seven gold, three silver and two bronze...  more
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    Elena Novikova-Belova

    Age: 73
    91
    10

    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 28 July 1947) is a retired Russian foil fencer. She competed at the 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980 Olympics in...  more
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    Ilona Elek

    Dec. at 81 (1907-1988)
    93
    13

    Date Of Birth1907-05-17

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

    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, 1988) was a Hungarian Olympic fencer. Elek won more international fencing titles than any other woman....  more
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    Aladár Gerevich

    Dec. at 81 (1910-1991)
    82
    7

    Date Of Birth1910-03-16

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

    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 greatest Olympic swordsman ever". He won gold medals in sabre in six Olympics....  more
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    Győző Kulcsár

    Age: 80
    93
    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 individual and team épée events at the 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 Olympics and won four gold (one...  more
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    Albert Robert Ayat

    Dec. at 60 (1875-1935)
    81
    8

    Date Of Birth1876

    Albert Jean Louis Ayat (7 March 1875 – 2 December 1935) was a French fencer. He competed at the 1900 Summer Olympics alongside his brother Félix and won gold medals in the masters and amateur masters...  more
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    Pavel Kolobkov

    Age: 51
    70
    9

    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 retired Russian (and formerly Soviet) épée fencer. He won one gold, two silver and three bronze medals...  more
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    Kelley Hurley

    Age: 32
    82
    21

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1988-04-04

    Place Of BirthSan Antonio, Texas, United States of America

    Olympic SportFencing

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

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Épée team

    Olympic Medalist GamesThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    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 Notre Dame, she was a 3-time...  more
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    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1985-07-30

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

    Olympic SportFencing

    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 greatest achievement is a gold medal win in men's individual Foil in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. To win...  more
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    Alexandr Romankov

    Age: 67
    71
    18

    Date Of Birth1953

    Place Of BirthKorsakov,Russia,Sakhalin Oblast,Europe,Asia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFencing at the 1980 Summer Olympics - Men's Foil, Individual,Fencing at the 1988 Summer Olympics - Men's Foil, Individual,Fencing at the 1976 Summer Olympics - Men's Foil

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Foil individual

    Olympic Medalist Games1980 Summer Olympics,1988 Summer Olympics,1976 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Silver medal

    Alexandr Anatolyevich Romankov (Belarusian: Аляксандр Анатольевіч Раманькоў, tr. Aljaksandr Anatol'evič Raman'koŭ; Russian: Александр Анатольевич Романьков, tr. Aleksandr Anatol’evich Roman’kov) is a...  more
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    Ellen Osiier

    Dec. at 72 (1890-1962)
    54
    6

    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 in Hjørring, Nordjylland, Denmark.The 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris was the first Olympic Games to feature...  more
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    91
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    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1985-03-03

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

    Olympic SportFencing

    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 Olympic champion in the individual sabre (2004 and 2008) and the first American to win a gold medal in Olympic...  more
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    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Olympic SportFencing

    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 foil team, which won the silver medal. She graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law and passed...  more
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    Julie Cloutier

    Age: 34
    150
    92

    Olympic CountryCanada

    Date Of Birth1986-04-24

    Olympic SportFencing

    Olympic Games Participant2008 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 team...  more
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    Jean-François Lamour

    Age: 64
    60
    14

    Date Of Birth1956-02-02

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

    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 French politician and cabinet minister. A top fencer, he was a gold medallist at the 1984 Olympics and 1988...  more
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    Philippe Riboud

    Age: 64
    54
    10

    Date Of Birth1957-04-09

    Place Of BirthLyon, France

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFencing at the 1984 Summer Olympics - Men's Épée, Individual, Fencing at the 1988 Summer Olympics - Men's Épée, Individual, Fencing at the 1980 Summer Olympics - Men's Épée

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Épée individual

    Olympic Medalist Games1988 Summer Olympics, 1984 Summer Olympics, 1980 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal, Silver medal

    Philippe Riboud (born 9 April 1957) is a French fencer. He won two golds, two silvers and two bronze medals at three Olympic Games. He was vice-president of the French Fencing Federation after the...  more
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    Emese Szász

    Age: 38
    48
    5

    Date Of Birth1982-09-07

    Emese Szász (pronounced [ˈɛmɛʃɛ ˈsaːs]; born 7 September 1982) is a Hungarian épée fencer, Olympic gold medalist (2016), and silver medallist at the 2010 World Championships. She won the World Cup...  more
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    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1982-12-22

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

    Olympic SportFencing

    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....  more
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    Sofiya Velikaya

    Age: 35
    46
    5

    Olympic CountryRussia

    Date Of Birth1985-06-08

    Place Of BirthAlmaty, Kazakhstan

    Olympic SportFencing

    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 Russian sabre fencer, Olympic gold and silver medalist, eight-times World champion and nine-times European...  more
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    Gerek Meinhardt

    Age: 30
    82
    37

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1990-07-27

    Place Of BirthSan Francisco, California, United States of America

    Olympic SportFencing

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics

    Gerek Lin Meinhardt (born July 27, 1990) is an American foil fencer....  more
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    Yana Shemyakina

    Age: 34
    44
    5

    Olympic CountryUkraine

    Date Of Birth1986-01-05

    Place Of BirthLviv, Ukraine

    Olympic SportFencing

    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 a Ukrainian épée fencer, Olympic champion at the 2012 Summer Olympics, bronze medallist at the 2014 World...  more
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    Viktor Krovopuskov

    Age: 72
    56
    20

    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 29, 1948 in Moscow) is a retired sabre fencer, who competed for the USSR. Krovopuskov began fencing at age...  more
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    Marcel Fischer

    Age: 42
    38
    5

    Date Of Birth1978-08-14

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

    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 Men's Épée Individual at the 2004 Summer Olympics and won the gold medal. He finished 4th at the 2000...  more
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    Anya Fichtel

    Age: 52
    79
    46

    Date Of Birth1968-08-17

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

    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 Olympics in Seoul, she won in the individual and team competitions, and she won the individual...  more