A lifelong fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, Jake Hoyle OLY made his Olympic debut for Team USA during the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Jake’s fencing journey first began in a Philadelphia suburb where he could be found setting up fencing strips on the cafeteria floor to practice with friends. Building on the beginner technique and skills he learned in these after-school bouts, Jake specialized and excelled in epee. After competing in local fencing tournaments throughout high school, Jake decided he wanted to continue fencing in college, but missed the recruiting process. Through his own proactivity, he met with Columbia fencing coach Michael Aufrichtig who told him this: If he was accepted to Columbia, there was a place for him on the team. Jake was a walk-on on the Columbia University fencing team.
While at Columbia and majoring in economics/business management, he went on to win the 2015 NCAA Championship in individual men’s epee and went on to defend and secure that title in 2016.
Since college, Jake has only continued to rake in impressive accolades. He has represented the United States at the Tokyo Olympic Games, at the Pan America Games, the Senior World Championships, the Pan American Championships. At the latter competition, he won a gold medal in team epee and a bronze medal in individual epee in 2018 and won a silver medal in team in 2019. Jake won two additional international bronze medals in 2019, one from the Vancouver World Cup and the other from the Doha Grand Prix; he rounded that out by winning the gold medal at the 2019 USA Fencing National Championships.
Jake and his teammates made history at the 2020 Games, becoming the first U.S. Men's Epee team to qualify for the Olympics since 2004.