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The 26 fencers on the 2022 Senior World Team represent an exciting mix of seasoned athletes with experience at the Olympics and Senior World Championships as well as fencers making their debuts on fencing’s most illustrious stage.
Meet them below, and read our in-depth preview here.
Alen Hadzic* (West Orange, N.J.) — individual event only
Cooper Schumacher (Forest Hills, N.Y.) — team event only
The men's foil team celebrates gold at the 2019 World Championships. Photo by #BizziTeam
Because of the pandemic and the Tokyo Olympics, there hasn’t been a Senior Worlds since 2019, meaning this year’s tournament represents the end of a three-year wait.
At the 2019 Fencing World Championships in Hungary, Team USA earned two medals — gold in men’s team foil and bronze in women’s team foil.
CAIRO, Egypt — They’ve trained, traveled the competitions in faraway lands and dreamed of this moment throughout their fencing careers.
Beginning July 15, Team USA’s best fencers will take on the world during the 2022 Fencing World Championships in Cairo, Egypt.
Because of the pandemic and the fact that World Championships aren’t held during Olympic years, this is the first Fencing World Championships in three years. Last time out, at the 2019 Fencing World Championships in Hungary, Team USA earned two medals — gold in men’s team foil and bronze in women’s team foil.
Four of those 2019 medalists are back, and they’re joined by a group of experienced Olympians and talented newcomers. They’ll compete against 952 athletes from 104 different countries across six continents.
Team USA’s World Championships team features 15 athletes who competed at the Tokyo Olympics last summer, including Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.), who won gold in women’s foil, and three of the four members of the bronze medal-winning men’s foil team (Nick Itkin, Gerek Meinhardt and Alexander Massialas).
But only one of the six teams — men’s saber — is bringing back all four Tokyo Olympians for another shot at world glory. That’s a promising sign that the talent pipeline in USA Fencing is strong, meaning those at the top of our sport are constantly being pushed by the next wave of phenomenal fencers battling for a spot on a Senior World Team.
As evidence of this, there are six teenagers on the squad — a group of young fencers who have proven themselves ready for this next stage.
The two youngest fencers are 17-year-old Chase Emmer (Morristown, N.J.), who won a junior men’s foil bronze medal at the 2022 Junior and Cadet Worlds in Dubai, and 17-year-old Tatiana Nazlymov (Bethesda, Md.), whose consistently strong season in women’s saber included a bronze medal at the October North American Cup.
Even though there are hundreds of elite fencers in the United States, only four per weapon and gender can secure a spot on the Senior World Team.
All season long, Team USA athletes have crisscrossed the country and the globe to face off against the best athletes in the nation and the world.
These domestic and international tournaments present an opportunity for fencers to earn qualification points. The higher a fencer places in a tournament, the more points they earn. When the final tally was counted, the athletes listed here were in the top four spots