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Monica Aksamit
Monica Aksamit 2015-16 Orleans WC quals t172040.jpg
Aksamit at the 2015–16 Orléans World Cup
Personal information
Country represented  United States
Born (1990-02-18) February 18, 1990 (age 28)
New York City, New York
Residence Matawan, New Jersey
Weapon(s) saber
Hand right-handed
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
Club Manhattan Fencing Center
Head coach(es) Yury Gelman
FIE ranking current ranking

Monica Aksamit (born February 18, 1990)[1] is an American saber fencer. She represented her country at the 2016 Summer Olympics where she earned a bronze medal in the Women's Saber Team event.[2]

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Fencing career
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References

Early life[edit]

She was born in New York City, New York, and lives in Matawan, New Jersey. Her mother and father divorced and she has a half sister, Olivia. [3][4][5] She is of Polish descent, and spent some of her younger years living in Poland with her grandparents.[6] She attended Matawan Regional High School, in New Jersey.[7][8]

Aksamit attended Pennsylvania State University on a fencing scholarship, majoring in kinesiology, and graduated in 2012.[9][6] She taught fencing at Brookdale Community College and teaches fencing at St. John Vianney.[10]

Fencing career[edit]

She started fencing when she was nine years old.[9][5] She began fencing at the Polish American Fencing School, under Janusz Mlynek.[11] Her fencing club is the Manhattan Fencing Center, and her coach is Yury Gelman.[9]

She won a team silver medal at the 2008 Junior World Championships.[9][7] In 2009, she won a team gold medal and an individual bronze medal at the Pan American Championships.[9]

During her college fencing career as a Penn State Nittany Lion, she won two NCAA Team Championships and was the runner-up NCAA Champion in 2012.[9]

She helped Team USA win the team gold medal at the 2016 Pan American Championships.[9]

As part of Team USA, Aksamit won a bronze medal representing the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the women's team saber event.[12][13][14]

See also[edit]

  • List of Pennsylvania State University Olympians