Mariel Zagunis
American fencer
Mariel Zagunis
Mariel Leigh Zagunis is an American sabre fencer. She won the gold medals in the individual sabre at the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Olympics. She is the second American to win a gold medal in Olympic fencing, and was chosen to be the flag bearer of the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics Parade of Nations.
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Ibtihaj Muhammad And The U.S. Women’s Fencing Team Win Bronze
Huffington Post - 7 months
Team USA continues to rack up medals, with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Fencing Team earning the Bronze medal on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro. Teammates Mariel Zagunis, Dagmara Wozniak and Ibtihaj Muhammad defeated Poland in the team sabre quarterfinals early on Saturday before scoring top marks against Italy in the afternoon Bronze medal match. The final tally was U.S.A. 45, Italy 30. #USA Bronze medalists in women's team sabre, victory over #ITA 45-30. Congratulations #fencing at #Rio2016 #Olympics — FIE (@FIE_fencing) August 13, 2016 Muhammad received widespread national attention in the lead up to Rio, where she became the first U.S. athlete to compete at the Olympics in a hijab. Now, she is the first American woman to win a medal at the Olympics while wearing a hijab, too.  The last time the women’s fencing team won a medal was silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The H ...
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No medal for fencer Mariel Zagunis this time
LATimes - over 4 years
The two-time Olympic gold-medal winner in women's sabre fencing loses in a semifinal match against South Korea's Kim Jiyeon, who goes on to win gold. LONDON — The glare was off her now. The spotlight that had shone brighter and brighter on Mariel Zagunis the last few months was no longer there.
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Mariel Zagunis, Fellow American Seth Kelsey Narrowly Miss Fencing Medals
Fox News - over 4 years
Mariel Zagunis and Seth Kelsey carried totally different reputations into their respective fencing events at the 2012 Olympics: Zagunis was the two-time defending champion in women's sabre, and Kelsey wasn't considered a medal contender in men's epee.
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U.S. flag bearer one of the best Olympians ever, says Morehouse - over 4 years
The United States flag bearer, Mariel Zagunis, for the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony is one of the best Olympians ever, according to her U.S. fencing team mate Tim Morehouse.
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Fencer Mariel Zagunis leads Americans in ceremony
Fox News - over 4 years
The mother of fencing star Mariel Zagunis pushed up her flight by two days and frantically packed her bags to make sure she gets to London in time.
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Women's fencer Zagunis named as U.S. flag-bearer - over 4 years
LONDON (Reuters) - Two-time Olympic champion fencer Mariel Zagunis was selected on Wednesday as the flag-bearer to lead the 529-member U.S. team at Friday's opening ceremony of the London Games.
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Zagunis selected to carry U.S. flag in Opening Ceremony
Fox News - over 4 years
Two-time Olympic champion fencer Mariel Zagunis has been selected as flag bearer for the United States in the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games.Zagunis is the first fencing athlete to serve as flag bearer since 1968, when Janice Lee Romary led the U.S. team in Mexico City
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WATCH: 5 Olympic Underdogs Who Have Shaken Up The Summer Games
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
1. Abebe Bikila: Unknown Ethiopian Runner Wins Marathon Barefoot (Rome, 1960) Abebe Bikila, an unknown Ethiopian runner, won the marathon at the Rome Olympics, breaking the world record--and he did it barefoot. Bikila was from a tiny village in rural Ethiopia and didn’t even start running until he was 24 years old. At the time, he was working for the Emperor’s Guard and had been noticed by a Swedish coach who was hired by the Ethiopian government to spot potential athletes. Although Bikila had won multiple marathons in Ethiopia, his finishing times weren’t good enough to get him noticed. He wasn’t even slotted to go to the Rome Olympics in 1960, but he was sent in place of a teammate who had injured himself. Bikila was completely unknown when the marathon began. Commentators couldn’t even pronounce his name. What got him noticed was his bare feet, which many in the audience and the media found funny. The marathon route in Rome was drawn to showcase the city’s sp ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mariel Zagunis
  • 2012
    Age 26
    On July 25, 2012, Zagunis was elected by the USA Olympic athletes to be the flag bearer at the Opening Ceremonies.
    More Details Hide Details Zagunis failed to win a medal at these games. She lost to South Korea’s Kim Jiyeon, 15–13; then lost to Olga Kharlan, a Ukrainian, in the bronze medal match, 15–10
    She is the first American to win a gold medal in Olympic fencing, and was chosen to be the flag bearer of the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics Parade of Nations.
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  • 2009
    Age 23
    In 2009 Zagunis captured the last individual World title to have eluded her when she won the World Championships in Antalya, Turkey, defeating Ukrainian Olga Kharlan 15–6 in the final.
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  • 2006
    Age 20
    A year later at the 2006 World Fencing Championships she won the silver, after losing the final to Rebecca Ward.
    More Details Hide Details She is the second U.S. fencer in history to have won the World Cup total-points Title from the FIE.
  • 2005
    Age 19
    In October 2005, Zagunis won her seventh World Champion title at the Leipzig, Germany World Championships, in the women's team event.
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  • 2004
    Age 18
    However, Nigeria decided not to send their qualifying fencer to the tournament, and as the next highest seeded fencer in the world, Zagunis was selected to represent the United States at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details She received one of eight byes offered in the first round, entering the tournament in the Round of 16, where she defeated Japanese fencer Madoka Hisagae, 15–13. In the quarterfinals, she defeated Elena Jemayeva of Azerbaijan, 15–11. In the semifinals, Zagunis clinched at least a silver medal by defeating Romania's Cătălina Gheorghițoaia, 15–10. Zagunis faced Chinese fencer Xue Tan in the finals, defeating her 15–9 and becoming the first American to win an Olympic fencing gold medal in 100 years. Previously the only American Olympic fencing gold medalist was Albertson Van Zo Post. In the 1904 Summer Olympics he had been the gold medalist in the individual singlestick event and in the team foil event, where he had joined two Cuban fencers to make up a combined Cuba/U.S. team. Because fellow American Sada Jacobson had become the first U.S. woman to be ranked #1 in the world in women's sabre (in 2003), the US Fencing Association had touted Jacobsen as the potential gold medalist in the 2004 games, especially at the Fencing Summer Nationals in Austin, Texas that same year. Zagunis' win as the underdog surprised the elite in the fencing world. (Jacobsen earned the bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics.)
    She entered the University of Notre Dame in 2004 on an athletic scholarship.
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    She won the gold medals in the individual sabre at the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Olympics.
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  • 1985
    Born on March 3, 1985.
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