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Dagmara Wozniak Secures Position for Rio Olympic Games

03/17/2016, 3:00pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Dagmara Wozniak. Photo Credit: Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – London Olympian Dagmara Wozniak (Avenel, N.J.) will return to the Games in Rio this year after mathematically securing her position on Team USA due to her results on the World Cup circuit during the past year.

Wozniak, who suffered an injury earlier this season and did not compete at the Gent World Cup last month, withdrew from next week’s final international qualifier at the Seoul Grand Prix to focus on rehabilitation.

The U.S. Women’s Saber Team qualified its position in the Games in January and Team USA is aiming for a podium finish after five straight Senior World Championship medals, including a gold in 2014.

The selection period for the U.S. Women’s Saber Team began in April of last year and will conclude at the USA Fencing National Championships in Richmond, Va. With two tournaments remaining, however, Wozniak’s international results over the past year, including a top-eight at the Orleans World Cup and a top-16 at the World Championships, have guaranteed that she can’t be passed for the third individual position on the team.

Wozniak will join two-time Olympic Champion Mariel Zagunis (Beaverton, Ore.) and first-time Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad (Maplewood, N.J.) in representing Team USA in Rio in both the individual and team events. The three athletes have made up the core of the U.S. Women’s Saber Team since 2010, winning five World medals together as well as the 2014 Overall World Cup title.

The fourth position as the replacement athlete for the team event remains in play with the potential to be finalized either in Seoul or in Richmond. Four-time Junior World medalist Sage Palmedo (Portland, Ore.) currently sits in fourth, just 12 points ahead of Monica Aksamit (Matawan, N.J.) Faizah Muhammad (Maplewood, N.J.), a former World University Games Team member, and 2014 Senior World Team Champion Eliza Stone (Chicago, Ill.) are currently ranked sixth and seventh in the USA Fencing National Team Point Standings.

Zagunis, Muhammad and Wozniak all will be nominated to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Fencing Team in April. All athletes are subject to approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee. 


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