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Who is... Alexander Massialas

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In the world of fencing, the Massialas name is a familiar one. Greg Massialas is the Team U.S.A. men's foil coach and a three time Olympian fencer. But the focus will be on his son, Alexander, the number one ranked foil fencer in the world, who has his sights on medaling in Rio.

Sport Beginnings

Growing up Alexander told his father he wanted to be an Olympic gold medalist before wanting to be a fencer. He would often trail his father to the Massialas Foundation, a fencing training center Greg opened when Alexander was 5. Two years later, Alexander began training under his father's guidance.


Major Competitions

Massialas made his Olympic debut during the 2012 Games and has appeared at the Senior World Championships six times, most recently placing second overall in the individual competition.


Breakout Moment

Massialas arrived in London at the age of 18, the youngest man on the U.S. Olympic team in 2012. He led the foil team into the semifinals where they placed fourth. He placed 13th in the individual competiton.


Records Held

In 2015, Massialas became the first American foil fencer to win a silver medal at Worlds. When he was 16, he became the youngest athlete to win a Division I National Championship in men's foil.


Top Quote

And now that I've had at least one Olympics under my belt and now a World Championship medal under my belt, I know what it really takes to be the best and what it will take to get a gold medal in Rio, too -- if not two gold medals.

Alexander Massialas on what it takes to win


Off the Piste

Massialas took a year off from college to train for Rio. When he returns he will look to finish his degree at Stanford in mechanical engineering. Aside from his interest in "taking things apart," he enjoys skiing, playing basketball and listening to music.


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