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KIEFER Lee
NOC United States   
GenderWomen
Born 15 Jun 1994 in Cleveland, OH, USA
Height1.63 m
Weight 48 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Lexington, KY, USA
Occupation Athlete, Student
Languages English
Higher education Science - University of Notre Dame: South Bend, IN, USA
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; Buckie Leach [national], USA
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 Atlantic Coast Conference [ACC] Women's Team MVP, ACC Women's Foilist of the Year, and 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 at international level. Her father Steve captained the fencing team at Duke University in the United States of America. (und.com, 05 May 2015; nbcolympics.com, 20 Apr 2012)
Other information BREAK FROM STUDIES
She took a year off from her studies at the University of Notre Dame in the United States of America in order to prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (kentucky.com, 13 Jan 2016)

EVENT FIRST
In 2015 she became the first athlete in any sport to win gold at six consecutive editions of the Pan American Championships. She claimed her first victory at the 2010 edition in San Jose, Costa Rica. (und.com, 05 May 2015)

FENCING FAMILY
Her sister Alex has represented Harvard University at fencing, while her brother Axel has won a cadet European cup. 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." (kyforward.com, 16 Jul 2012)

Major Results
Year Rank Event Venue
Olympic Games
2012 Quarterfinal Individual Foil London, England
2012 6 Team Foil London, England
World Championships
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