Weight: 196 lbs.
Birthplace: Reno, Nev.
Club: Northwest Fencing Center
Olympic Teams: 2004
Senior World Championship Teams: 2012 (Gold - Team), 2011, 2010 (Silver - Team), 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2001
Pan American Games Teams: 2011 (Gold - Team), 2007 (Bronze - Team)
Junior World Championship Teams: 2001
Personal: A silly debate ushered Mattern into fencing. He and his brother argued who would win if a musketeer fought a Samurai warrior; Mattern backed the musketeer. When a mutual friend mentioned he was taking fencing lessons at a nearby club, the boys seized the chance to follow up on their swordplay interests. His brother quit after about a year, but Mattern was hooked. He says the sport fits his personality perfectly because it is an individual sport and also a "no-excuse sport." Though Ohio State and Notre Dame, among others, offered Mattern fencing scholarships, he decided to continue to train and work in Oregon and later relocated to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs where he trained full-time and represented the Army's World Class Athlete Program.
In 2010, Mattern won silver with the U.S. Men's Epee Team at the Senior World Championships -- the first ever world medal in a team event for a U.S. men's team in any weapon. Mattern and his teammates made history again in 2012 when Team USA won gold at the Senior World Team Championships.
Recent Career Highlights