July 29, 1978 |
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Keeth Thomas Smart (born July 29, 1978) is a US sabre fencer who became the first American to gain the sport's #1 ranking for males. He received a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Early life and education
Smart was born in New York City, New York and grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York City. His parents were Thomas R. Smart Jr. (a production manager and later an economist) and Liz Smart (a teacher). At the urging of his parents, he and his younger sister Erinn began to learn fencing at the Peter Westbrook Foundation, whose founder, Olympic sabre bronze-medalist Peter Westbrook, was his mentor.
Smart graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1996. He graduated from St. John's University in New York, majoring in finance. He received his MBA from Columbia University in 2010 and now works at a major bank.
During college, he was the NCAA sabre champion in 1997 and 1999, and took second place in 2001.
He was a member of the 1999 Pan American Games bronze medal team. He has competed in three Olympic Games. In the individual Olympic men's sabre competition, he placed 30th in the 2000 Olympic Games, 15th in 2004, 4th in the team event, 6th in 2008, and he won the silver medal in the team event. His sister Erinn also earned a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics.
In 2002 and 2004, Smart won the US national sabre championship. In 2003, he became the first American to be named the top-ranked fencer internationally.
Keeth married Shyra (Cooper) Smart on May 27, 2007 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is a film producer with an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from New York University.
He and his sister, Erinn, currently coach at the Peter Westbrook Foundation in New York.
- "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Shyra Cooper, Keeth Smart", The New York Times, 27 May 2007.
- "Olympics Statistics: Keeth Smart". databaseolympics.com. Retrieved 2012-03-17.
- "Keeth Smart Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-03-12.
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- Profile at US Fencing