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PRINCETON ALUMNI WEEKLY: For Holmes ’17, Chasing an Olympic Bid Echoes a Childhood Fantasy

10/06/2015, 3:15pm CDT
By Alfred Miller

Three-time Senior World Team member Kat Holmes is currently ranked No. 1 in the U.S. women's epee rankings. Photo Credit: Nicole Jomantas

As a child, Kat Holmes ’17 dreamed of medieval times. She devoured Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness, a series of books about Alanna of Trebond, a girl who disguises herself as a boy to become a knight.

Holmes took up fencing. She wanted to follow in Alanna’s footsteps and work her way up from page to squire to knight.

Today, Holmes is the top-ranked women’s epee fencer in the country and is on the verge of being selected to represent the United States at next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. If chosen, she said, her journey to knighthood will be complete ... more>

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