Gerek Meinhardt

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Gerek Meinhardt
File:Gerek Meinhardt podium 2013 Fencing WCH FMS-EQ t213848.jpg
Personal information
Country represented  United States
Born (1990-07-27) July 27, 1990 (age 32)
San Francisco, California, United States
Weapon(s) foil
Hand right-handed
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb; 12.1 st)
National coach(es) Greg Massialas
Club Notre Dame / Massialas Foundation
FIE Ranking current ranking

Gerek Lin Meinhardt (born July 27, 1990) is an American foil fencer. He is currently ranked second in the FIE rankings.

Biography

Meinhardt is one of two children born to Kurt and Jane Meinhardt.[1] He attended Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco for two years and completed high school in a home schooling program.[2] He attended the University of Notre Dame on a full fencing scholarship. He majored in business and finance, and was a member of the school's fencing team from 2009-2014.[1][3]

Introduced to the sport at age 9 through a program run by Olympic fencer Greg Massialas, Meinhardt began participating in national fencing competitions a year later.[1][2] At age 16 he became the youngest men's national foil champion when he won the tournament at the 2007 U.S. Fencing National Championships.[1]

Ranked 16th in the world at the time, he participated in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing as a member of the United States fencing team. He was the youngest fencer in Beijing and the youngest U.S. Olympic fencer of all time.[2] At the 2010 World Fencing Championships in Paris, he won a bronze medal in the men's foil event, tying with Yuki Ota of Japan.[4] After his gold medal win at the 2012 U.S National Championships, he was selected as an alternate fencer for the 2012 London Olympics U.S men's foil team.

Medal record

  • Olympic Teams: 2008 (Beijing), 2012 (London)
  • Senior World Championship Teams: 2007–2012
  • Junior World Championship Teams: 2006–2010
  • Cadet World Championship Teams: 2006, 2007
  • 2010 Senior World Championship Bronze Medalist
  • 2011 Pan American Games Champion (Team)
  • 5-time Senior Pan American Zonal Champion (1x Individual, 4x Team)
  • 2-time Junior World Champion by Team (2008, 2010)
  • 2009 Silver Medalist at Junior World Championships by Team
  • 2009 Bronze Medalist at Junior World Championships Individual
  • 2010 Silver Medalist at Junior World Championships Individual
  • 3-time Senior National Champion (2007, 2008, 2012)
  • 4-time Junior National Champion (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • 2009 NCAA Championships Runner-up Individual & Team
  • 2010 NCAA Champion Individual, 3rd by Team
  • 2011 NCAA Champion by Team

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Gerek Meinhardt". United States Olympic Committee. 2009. Retrieved July 24, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Crumpacker, John (April 27, 2008). "San Francisco's Gerek Meinhardt: Teen fencer ready to foil his elders". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 24, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. http://www.und.com/sports/c-fenc/mtt/gerek_meinhardt_390070.html
  4. "Joppich wins fourth foil world title". USA Today. November 7, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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