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KIEFER Lee
NOC United States   
GenderWomen
Born 15 Jun 1994 in Cleveland, OH, USA
Height1.63 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Partner Gerek Meinhardt
Residence Lexington, KY, USA
Occupation Athlete, Student
Languages English
Higher education Science - University of Notre Dame: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age five.
Why this sport? Her father Steve Kiefer captained the fencing team at Duke University in the United States of America. He encouraged all three of his children to take up the sport.
Club / Team Bluegrass Fencers Club: Lexington, KY, USA
Name of coach Amgad Khazbak [club, personal], EGY
Training Regime She does up to four hours fencing training, five days a week. She also has three cross-fit strength and agility sessions each week.
Handedness Right
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement Competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (und.com, 20 Nov 2013)
Awards and honours In 2015 she was named the Atlantic Coast Conference [ACC] Women's Team Most Valuable Player [MVP], the ACC Women's Foilist of the Year, and the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women's fencing. She was also named in the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women's At-Large team. (und.com, 11 Jun 2015)
Famous relatives Her siblings Alexandra and Axel have both represented the United States of America in fencing. Her father Steve captained the fencing team at Duke University in the United States of America. Her partner Gerek Meinhardt competed in fencing at the Olympic Games in 2008, 2012 and 2016. (Facebook page, 25 Apr 2017; nbcolympics.com, 12 Jul 2016, 20 Apr 2012; und.com, 05 May 2015)
Other information HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENTS
In March 2017 she became the first female US foil fencer to be ranked number one in the world. In 2015 she became the first athlete in any sport to win gold at six consecutive editions of the Pan American championships. She had claimed her first victory at the 2010 edition in San Jose, Costa Rica. (nbcnews.com, 22 Mar 2017; und.com, 05 May 2015)

FENCING FAMILY
Her siblings Alexandra and Axel have both represented the United States of America in fencing. Her father Steve, who captained the fencing team at Duke University, was a tough taskmaster for his children but Kiefer feels the hard work has all been worth it. "Before my sister went to college, we all went to every single practice together. It wasn't only a lot of bonding time but we all made each other better through constant practice. Of course we got sick of it, but there's a point when you know you have to keep working if you want to be good. You just can't dabble around with everything." (SportsDeskOnline, 13 Jul 2017; kyforward.com, 16 Jul 2012)

FURTHER EDUCATION
In September 2017 she plans to attend medical school at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY, United States of America. (Facebook page, 25 Apr 2017)

HERITAGE
Her mother Teresa emigrated from the Philippines to the United States of America as a child. (nbcnews.com, 12 Jul 2016)

Major Results
Year Rank Event Venue
Olympic Games
2012 Quarterfinal Individual Foil London, England
2012 6 Team Foil London, England
World Championships
2017 2 Team Foil Leipzig, Germany
2015 Quarterfinal Individual Foil Moscow, Russia
2015 6 Team Foil Moscow, Russia
2014 Quarterfinal Individual Foil Kazan, Russia
2011 3 Individual Foil Catania, Italy
2011 7 Team Foil Catania, Italy
2010 8 Team Foil Paris, France
2009 7 Team Foil Antalya, Turkey
Pan American Championships
2017 1 Individual Foil Montreal, Canada
2017 1 Team Foil Montreal, Canada
2016 1 Individual Foil Panama, Panama
2016 1 Team Foil Panama, Panama
2015 1 Individual Foil Santiago, Chile
2015 1 Team Foil Santiago, Chile
2014 1 Individual Foil San José, Costa Rica
2013 1 Individual Foil Cartagena, Colombia
2013 1 Team 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
2010 1 Individual Foil ,
2010 1 Team Foil San José, Costa Rica