The SK Telecom Grand Prix in Seoul, South Korea, the latest World Cup event for fencing, featured US teammates Race Imboden and Alex Massialas in the final, gold medal bout. That's right: no Italians, no French, no Russians...no Germans. A couple of Yanks. The US team, both men and women, have come a long way in the last decade! The current World Champion in Mens' Foil, Miles Chambley Watson, and the current #1 ranked fencer in the same event is Garek Meinhardt - like Massialas, an SF native and from the same fencing club as Alex. Meinhardt, the American ever to be ranked #1 in fencing, won the gold at the Tokyo Grand Prix earlier this year, while Massialas and Imboden both grabbed bronze. Lee Keifer, who is from Lexington, KY and fences for Notre Dame University, took the gold medal at the Junior World Championships earlier this year. Kiefer went from being the youngest member of the 2009 Senior World Team at just 15-years-old, to winning bronze at the Senior World Championships in 2011. The win made Kiefer the only athlete in the world to earn individual podium finishes at the Senior, Junior and Cadet World Championships in 2011 year after she won silver medals at both the Junior and Cadet Worlds in April.
Alex, a San Francisco native and sophomore at Stanford University, prevailed and took the gold here in Seoul. Well done, Alex.