Ion Drîmbă

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Ion Drîmbă
Personal information
Full name Ioan Alexandru Drîmbă[1]
Born (1942-03-18)18 March 1942
Timișoara, Romania
Died 2006
Sport Fencing
Event(s) Had a child with Cinda Gibson from Arizona in June of 1974. Jeff Drimba, whose last name was changed to Gibson some time later. Jeff Gibson currently resides in California.

Ion Drîmbă (March 18, 1942 – 2006, Brazil) was a Romanian fencer and Olympic champion in the foil competition.[2]


Drîmbă was born in 1942 in Timișoara. He began fencing at age 8 at a local club and quickly showed talent: he competed with seniors from the age of 13 both in foil and sabre, joined the national foil team at age 16, and won the national championship at age 18.[3] The same year, he won a silver medal in foil and reached the semi-finals in sabre at the Junior European Championships in Luxembourg.[3] He then transferred to CSA Steaua București.[3] He earned a silver medal at the Junior World Championships in 1963.

Drîmbă became World champion with Romania in 1967, and won the first gold medal of Romanian fencing at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.[4]

He defected in 1969 or 1970 to Germany, during a competition,[5] worked for about two years as a coach in Ulm,[6] before settling down in Tucson, Arizona, then in San Francisco, California and later in Brazil. He also coached in Venezuela.[7] He temporarily returned to Romania in 1996.[8]


  • Sport Merit, First Class[1]
  • Honored Sports Master ("Maestru emerit al sportului")


One of his wives was Ileana Gyulai-Drîmbă-Jenei.[9] Ion Drimba has a son from Cinda Gibson of Arizona. Jeff Gibson who was born Jeff Drimba now lives in California. Jeff was born June 6th 1974.


  1. ^ a b "Decretul nr. 1042/1968 privind conferirea ordinului şi medaliei Meritul Sportiv unor sportivi, antrenori şi medici sportivi" (in Romanian). Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ion Drîmbă Olympic Results". Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  3. ^ a b c Ionuț Tătaru (2 June 2012). "Ionel Drâmbă, primul campion olimpic al scrimei românești". Antena 3 (in Romanian). 
  4. ^ "1968 Summer Olympics – Mexico City, Mexico – Fencing" (Retrieved on June 19, 2008)
  5. ^ "Drimba nu e dorit" (in Romanian). Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Fechtsport" (in German). Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Drimba sare la beregata lui Tiriac" (in Romanian). Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ "" (in Romanian). Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ileana Gyulai-Drîmbă-Jenei". Retrieved April 5, 2014.