Although it is one of the less popular Olympic sports, Olympic Fencing is a beautiful sight to behold.Team USAhas some strong talent on their fencing team, and they have the potential to take home medals for the United States on both the men’s and women’s side.

On the Men's side

Alexander Massialas is the number one ranked fencer in the United States as well as the entire world for Men’s Foil. Massialas is Team USA’s best hope of bringing home a gold medal in any fencing event.

However, teammate Gerek Meinhardt also has a great chance of bringing home a medal as he is ranked third in the world for Men’s Foil. Additionally between the two, Team USA has a great chance of securing a podium finish in the Men’s Foil team event, and potentially the gold. To catch these two in action, watch the individual event for Men’s Foil on August 7 and the team event on August 12.

On the Women’s side

Sabre fencer Mariel Zagunis is easily the most amazing fencer on Team USA.

She is the most decorated fencer in the history of American Fencing and is looking to add to that medal count in Rio. While she is ranked third in the world for Women’s Sabre, no one would be shocked to see her finish with the gold.Team USA is also looking for her to lead the Women’s Sabre team to a podium finish as well. With her talents, nothing is outside the realm of possibility. Zagunis will be fencing on August 8 for the Women’s Sabre individual event and August 13 for the team event.

Lee Keifer is the youngest female fencer and the second youngest fencer overall going to Rio. She is a more than exceptional foil fencer, and is ranked first in the United States as well as third in the world. Kiefer is expected to finishing on the podium at the very least, but she also has a chance at getting yet another gold medal for Team USA. Women’s Foil will not be featuring a team event this Olympic cycle, so August 10 will be the only time to catch Keifer in action.

The Women’s Epee team placed third in the 2012 London Olympics and is looking to replicate that success next week in Rio. Sisters Courtney and Kelley Hurley will looking to take home another medal along with teammate Katharine Holmes. The Women’s Epee team event will take place on August 11.

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