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2023 Pan American Games (Santiago)

Welcome to the hub for the 2023 Pan American Games, with fencing competition held Oct. 30 – Nov. 4, 2023, in Santiago, Chile. We'll update this page regularly before and during the tournament!

The fencing competition at the Pan Am Games features fewer competitors than the FIE Fencing World Championships or Olympic Games.

At the FIE Fencing World Championships, countries can send up to four athletes per weapon, and all four can compete in both the individual and team events. At the Olympics, those countries that qualify a full team send three athletes for the individual and team events and one replacement athlete available for the team event only. 

At the Pan Am Games, however, only two athletes per weapon compete in the individual fencing events. A third athlete is permitted to participate in the team event only, meaning every nation competing in the team event will have just three fencers (with no fourth/replacement athlete).

The lineup for Team USA looks like this, with the first two fencers listed competing in individual and team and the third competing in team only.

Women's Foil

  • Lee Kiefer OLY

    • Age: 29

    • Club: Bluegrass Fencers’ Club

    • Hometown: Lexington, Ky.

  • Jackie Dubrovich OLY

    • Age: 29

    • Club: New Jersey Fencing Alliance 

    • Hometown: Riverdale, N.J.

  • Zander Rhodes

    • Age: 20

    • Club: V Fencing Club, Columbia University

    • Hometown: South Orange, N.J.

Men's Foil

  • Gerek Meinhardt OLY

    • Age: 33

    • Club: Massialas Foundation, Bluegrass Fencers’ Club

    • Hometown: Lexington, Ky.

  • Nick Itkin OLY

    • Age: 24

    • Club: Los Angeles International Fencing Center 

    • Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

  • Miles Chamley-Watson OLY

    • Age: 33

    • Club: Los Angeles International Fencing Center 

    • Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

Women's Saber

  • Magda Skarbonkiewicz

    • Age: 17

    • Club: Oregon Fencing Alliance

    • Hometown: Portland, Ore.

  • Maia Chamberlain

    • Age: 25

    • Club: Manhattan Fencing Center, Advance Fencing and Fitness Academy

    • Hometown: Menlo Park, Calif.

  • Alexis Anglade

    • Age: 22

    • Club: Bergen Fencing Club, Princeton University

    • Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga.

Men's Saber

  • Andrew Doddo

    • Age: 25

    • Club: New Jersey Fencing Alliance

    • Hometown: South Orange, N.J.

  • Filip Dolegiewicz

    • Age: 23

    • Club: Midwest Fencing Club

    • Hometown: Park Ridge, Ill.

  • Josef Cohen

    • Age: 25

    • Club: Peter Westbrook Foundation, Fencers Club

    • Hometown: Barrington, R.I.

Men's Epee

  • Curtis McDowald OLY

    • Age: 27

    • Clubs: Peter Westbrook Foundation, Fencers Club  

    • Hometown: Queens, N.Y.

  • Samuel Imrek

    • Age: 18

    • Club: Alliance Fencing Academy

    • Hometown: Missouri City, Texas

  • Samuel Larsen

    • Age: 34

    • Club: Northwest Fencing Center

    • Hometown: Beaverton, Ore.

Ages are as of the start of fencing competition at the Pan Am Games

Qualification

Each qualified country is allowed to send two fencers for the individual event, plus a third who competes only in the team event. Team USA qualified teams in five of six weapons: Men’s Epee, Women’s Foil, Men’s Foil, Women’s Saber and Men’s Saber.

Fencing results at the Pan Am Games don’t count toward qualification for the Paris Olympics. But fencers who do well in Santiago will hope to carry that momentum into their first FIE competitions of the season in November. Paris qualification runs through April, and our Paris Tracker can be found here.

Selection

For each weapon at the Pan Am Games, we’re sending the top three individuals on the USA Fencing Senior National Team Point Standings as of the 2023 Senior World Team selection date. 

Fencers ranked first and second fence in both the individual and team events, while the third-ranked fencer competes in the team event only.

If a fencer chose to decline their nomination to the 2023 Pan American Games, USA Fencing allocated their spot to the next-highest-ranked fencer on the Senior National Team Point Standings as of the original selection date.

Schedule at a Glance

  • Monday, Oct. 30: Women's Foil and Men's Epee (Individual)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 31: Women's Saber and Men's Foil (Individual)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 1: Women's Epee and Men's Saber (Individual)
  • Thursday, Nov. 2: Women's Team Foil and Men's Team Epee
  • Friday, Nov. 3: Women's Team Epee and Men's Team Saber
  • Saturday, Nov. 4: Women's Team Saber and Men's Team Foil

At the 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, the United States medaled in 10 of 12 fencing events, earning individual and team gold in every discipline except Men’s Epee. 

Here were the Team USA gold medalists from 2019:

Women's Events

  • Individual Epee: Kat Holmes OLY

  • Team Epee: Isis Washington, Kasia Nixon, Kat Holmes OLY

  • Individual Foil: Lee Kiefer OLY

  • Team Foil: Nicole Ross OLY, Lee Kiefer OLY, Jacqueline Dubrovich OLY

  • Individual Saber: Eliza Stone OLY

  • Team Saber: Monica Aksamit OLY, Chloe Fox-Gitomer, Eliza Stone OLY

Men's Events

  • Individual Foil: Gerek Meinhardt OLY

  • Team Foil: Race Imboden OLY, Nick Itkin OLY, Gerek Meinhardt OLY

  • Individual Saber: Daryl Homer OLY

  • Team Saber: Jeffrey Spear OLY, Eli Dershwitz OLY, Daryl Homer OLY