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Katharine Holmes

Washington D.C. 

July 15, 1993

Washington D.C.


Event: Epee
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Birthplace: Washington D.C.
Current Residence: Princeton, N.J.
Education: Bachelor's degree in neuroscience, magna cum laude, from Princeton University (2017), Graduate of National Cathedral School, Washington, D.C.
Club: New York Athletic Club and DC Fencers Club
Coaches: Zoltan Dudas and Ray Finkleman
Hobbies: Rock climbing and hiking

  • Member of the first U.S. Women’s Epee Team to win a Senior World Championship title (2018)
  • Member of the first U.S. Women's Epee Team to win a Senior World Cup gold medal (2018)
  • Recipient of the International Fencing Federation’s Fair Play Award (2018)
  • Four-time NCAA All-American (2017, 2014, 2013, 2012)
  • 2008 finalist for Sports Illustrated Sports Kid of the Year

Olympic Teams: 2020, 2016

Senior World Championship Teams: 2023, 2022, 2019, 2018 (Gold - Team), 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013

Personal: Holmes started fencing when she was nine following her interest in reading books about the middle ages and knights in shining armor. Holmes’ prestigious college career at Princeton saw her capture four All-American honors (2012, 2014, 2016 & 2017). She qualified for her first national team at 15-years-old and won a silver medal at the Cadet Worlds in her first World Championship appearance in 2009. A member of the Senior World Team since 2013, Holmes won both individual and team titles at her first Pan American Games in 2015. She competed at her first Olympic Games in 2016 and placed fifth with the U.S. Women's Epee Team after finishing 25th individually. On July 25, 2018, Holmes made history as a member of the first U.S. Women’s Epee Team to medal at the Senior World Championships, where she anchored the team to the gold medal.