Event: Foil and Saber
Current Residence: Middletown, Conn.
Birthplace: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Weight: 98 lbs.
Club: Connecticut Fencers Club
Coaches: Denise O'Connor and Slava Grigoriev
Education: Bachelor's degree in physical education from Brooklyn College (1976)
Occupation: Fencing Instructor
Family: Grady Faulkner (husband), Sydney Faulkner Teixeira and Lesley Faulkner
Hobbies: Cooking, reading, sewing and tennis
Favorite Fencing Memory: The 2019 Veteran World Championships. Winning gold was totally unexpected for her. She had just started back to a real training regime after fully recovering from an injury that limited her ability to train. After a poor first round, she dug deep to make it to the finals, beating fencers she lost to in the first round.
Something People Would be Surprised to Know: She was a computer programmer in the 1970s
Current U.S. Ranking: No. 1 (Veteran 60-69 Foil), No. 4 (Veteran 60-69 Saber)
Veteran World Championship Teams: 2020, 2019 (Gold - Individual Foil, Bronze - Team Foil), 2018, 2017 (Gold - Team Foil, Bronze - Individual Foil), 2016 (Gold - Individual Foil, Silver - Team Foil, Bronze - Individual Saber), 2015 (Gold - Team Foil), 2014 (Gold - Individual Foil, Silver - Individual Saber), 2013, 2012, 2011 (Silver - Foil), 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 (Bronze - Foil)
Personal: Starks-Faulkner's twin brother began fencing when they were in high school, but told his sister that "girls don't fence." When she attended Brooklyn College, she took a fencing class with two-time Olympian Denise O'Connor. Starks-Faulkner challenged her brother to a bout, beat him and continued to fence, going on to earn All-American honors at Brooklyn College where she fenced with Ann-Marie Walters who would go on to become her teammate on multiple Veteran World squads.
A two-time Veteran World medalist as a 50-59 foil fencer, Starks-Faulkner won World titles in the 60-69 event in 2014 and 2016. She picked up saber after moving up to the new age category as well and won a silver medal in her Veteran World debut in her new weapon in 2014.