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NOC Germany   
Born 21 Dec 1982 in Koblenz, FRG
Height1.76 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Partner Ina Gorius, daughter Nova [2016]
Residence Koblenz, GER
Occupation Athlete, Serves in the Army
Languages English, German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing in 1988 in Koblenz, Germany.
Why this sport? "As a young child I was interested in the stories of knights, inspired by castles and fortresses on the Rhine and Mosel. The stories of the Musketeers also fascinated me. Then I saw the 1988 Olympic Games on television, where Anja Fichtel won a gold medal. I told my parents that I wanted to become a 'knight' just like Fichtel. So, my parents signed me up to the fencing club in Koblenz. I also played football, tennis and tried other sports, but fencing was my favourite."
Club / Team CTG Koblenz [GER] / Fencing Club Melun Val de Seine [CMVS] [FRA]: Germany
Name of coach Uli Schreck [national, personal], GER
Training Regime He trains six times a week, splitting most of his time between training in Koblenz, Germany, and at the national training hub in Bonn.
Handedness Right
Footedness Right
International Debut
Year 1999
Competing for Germany
General Interest
Hobbies Football, skiing, watching Formula One. (, 07 Jul 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning four individual world titles. (Label 56 magazine, 01 Mar 2019)
Most influential person in career Coach Ulrich Schreck. (Athlete, 20 May 2008)
Injuries He injured his back in 2017 and had to rest for two and a half weeks. (, 13 Feb 2017)

An ankle injury affected his performance at the 2013 European Championships in Zagreb, Croatia. (, 24 Jun 2013)

He injured ligaments in his right shoulder in October 2010. (, 26 Oct 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Never give up a fight." (Athlete, 20 May 2008)
Awards and honours He was flag bearer for Germany at the opening ceremony of the 2017 World Military Championships in Acireale, Italy. (Instagram profile, 13 Sep 2017)

After winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, he was presented with the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt [Silver Laurel Leaf]. The honour is one of the highest awards in German sport. (, 12 Nov 2012)

He has been named Sportsman of the Year in Rheinland-Pfalz and German Fencer of the Year on multiple occasions. (Athlete, 20 May 2008)
Milestones In 2010 he became the first German fencer to have won four individual foil world championship titles. He also claimed victory at the tournament in 2003, 2006 and 2007. (SportsDeskOnline, 06 Jul 2018;, 01 Dec 2010)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Label 56 magazine, 01 Mar 2019)
Other information OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as an ambassador for the Red Cross Foundation in Koblenz, Germany. (Facebook page, 19 Jun 2015)

Major Results
Year Rank Event Venue
Olympic Games
2012 3 Team Foil London, England
2008 5 Individual Foil Beijing, China
2004 6 Individual Foil Athens, Greece
2004 6 Team Foil Athens, Greece
World Championships
2019 Final 7-8 Team Foil Budapest, Hungary
2017 Final 5-6 Team Foil Leipzig, Germany
2015 Quarterfinal Individual Foil Moscow, Russia
2011 3 Team Foil Catania, Italy
2010 1 Individual Foil Paris, France
2010 5 Team Foil Paris, France
2009 2 Team Foil Antalya, Turkey
2009 3 Individual Foil Antalya, Turkey
2008 2 Team Foil Beijing, China
2007 1 Individual Foil St. Petersburg, Russia
2007 2 Team Foil St. Petersburg, Russia
2006 1 Individual Foil Turin, Italy
2006 2 Team Foil Turin, Italy
2005 3 Team Foil Leipzig, Germany
2003 1 Individual Foil Havana, Cuba
2003 3 Team Foil Havana, Cuba
European Championships
2019 2 Team Foil Düsseldorf, Germany
2018 5 Team Foil Novi Sad, Serbia
2017 4 Team Foil Tbilisi, Georgia
2017 Quarterfinal Individual Foil Tbilisi, Georgia
2014 3 Individual Foil Strasbourg, France
2013 1 Individual Foil Zagreb, Croatia
2013 1 Team Foil Zagreb, Croatia
2009 7 Individual Foil Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2007 7 Individual Foil Ghent, Belgium