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Gerek Meinhardt Inducted into FIE Hall of Fame

12/03/2021, 12:00pm CST
By Kristen Henneman

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Two-time Olympic bronze medalist Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.) has received one of the top honors in the sport as he was inducted into the FIE Hall of Fame.

Another accolade in his storied career, Meinhardt has been a trailblazer in the sport for the United States and one of the top fencers in the world for more than a decade.

A four-time Olympian, 11-time Senior World Championship Team member and 11-time individual medalist at the Senior Pan American Championships, Meinhardt first added his name to the history books in 2010 when he became the first U.S man to win a Senior World Championship medal with bronze.

One year after becoming the first American men’s or women's foilist to obtain the No. 1 individual world ranking in 2014, Meinhardt added a second individual bronze, making him the first U.S. man to secure two individual Senior World Championship medals.

With six total World podium finishes to his name, the youngest male athlete ever to compete on a U.S. Olympic Fencing Team has also led the growth of the U.S. Men’s Foil Team on the international stage. Meinhardt was a member of the first U.S. Men’s Foil Team to win a medal at the Senior World Championships, earning silver in 2013.

In 2016, Meinhardt won bronze in the team event at the Rio Olympic Games before helping the U.S. Men’s Foil Team clinch its first Senior World Championship in 2019. At the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021, he returned to earn his second podium finish, taking bronze in the team event.

The FIE Hall of Fame was established in 2013 to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions to the sport by members of the fencing community.

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