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IMBODEN Race
NOC United States   
GenderMen
Born 17 Apr 1993 in Tampa, FL, USA
Height1.85 m
Weight 70 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Los Angeles, CA, USA
Occupation Athlete, Model
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing at age nine.
Why this sport? "I was in a park in Atlanta [in Georgia, United States of America] playing with a sword. I had always loved anything to do with knights, and someone came up to my parents and said, 'Hey, he should be fencing'. They took me to a club when I was eight but I was too young, so I made them take me back when I was nine."
Club / Team Golubitsky Fencing Center: Tustin, CA, USA
Name of coach Sergei Golubitsky [club]
Handedness Left
International Debut
Year 2009
Competing for United States
Location Canada
General Interest
Nicknames Face of Fencing (teamusa.org, 19 Oct 2015)
Hobbies Music, DJ'ing. (teamusa.org, 10 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career Coach Jed Dupree. (Athlete, 30 Nov 2011)
Hero / Idol US boxer Muhammad Ali. (Athlete, 30 Nov 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Athletes live better." (Instagram athlete, 23 Jun 2017)
Other sports He won a state championship in BMX racing in the United States of America. (teamusa.org, 10 Sep 2016)
Other information NATIONAL FIRST
In the 2014/15 season he became the first US male fencer to win the overall World Cup title. (teamusa.org, 05 Aug 2015)

CAREER CHOICES
In 2013 he decided to drop out of university in order to focus on fencing and his modelling career. He had been studying at St. John's University in New York, NY, United States of America. The decision was partly made for him by the National Collegiate Athletic Association's [NCAA] rules on receiving payment while competing as an amateur athlete. "Given the time and energy necessary to pursue modelling work, I couldn't afford to do it unpaid. So I swallowed hard and accepted my reality. I wanted to fence, build my modelling career and earn an education. To remain an amateur, I had to choose two out of three. I didn't have a choice. Fencing was my life. Modelling was my livelihood." (theplayerstribune.com, 14 May 2015; redstormsports.com, 11 Dec 2012)

WHAT'S IN A NAME
His parents chose his given name based on the character Race Bannon from the 'Johnny Quest' cartoon. (sports.yahoo.com, 26 Jul 2012)

Major Results
Year Rank Event Venue
Olympic Games
2016 3 Team Foil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 4 Team Foil London, England
World Championships
2017 2 Team Foil Leipzig, Germany
2017 8 Individual Foil Leipzig, Germany
2011 8 Individual Foil Catania, Italy
Pan American Championships
2018 1 Individual Foil Havana, Cuba
2018 1 Team Foil Havana, Cuba
2017 1 Individual Foil Montreal, Canada
2017 1 Team Foil Montreal, Canada
2016 1 Team Foil Panama, Panama
2016 3 Individual Foil Panama, Panama
2015 1 Individual Foil Santiago, Chile
2015 1 Team Foil Santiago, Chile
2013 1 Team Foil Cartagena, Colombia
2013 2 Individual Foil Cartagena, Colombia
2012 1 Individual Foil Cancún, Mexico
2011 1 Individual Foil Reno, NV, United States
2011 1 Team Foil Reno, NV, United States