Alexander Massialas

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Alexander Massialas
Alexander Massialas 2015 WCh FMS-IN t204433.jpg
Personal information
Born April 20, 1994 (1994-04-20) (age 23)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Weapon(s) foil
Hand right-handed
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1][2]
Weight 185 lb (83.91 kg)[1]
National coach(es) Greg Massialas
FIE Ranking No. 1 (Men's foil)[3][4]

Alexander Massialas (born April 20, 1994) is an American foil fencer, team silver medallist in the 2014 World Fencing Championships.[5] At the 2016 Summer Olympics he competed in the Men's foil and earned a silver medal; he also earned a bronze medal in Men's team foil.

Biography[edit]

Massialas was born in San Francisco, California[6] to a father of Greek descent and a Taiwanese mother.[7] His father, Greg Massialas, fenced for the United States in the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics, and currently coaches the American national foil team. His sister, Sabrina, is also a high-level foil fencer. Despite this, Massialas was never pushed into fencing. After he showed spontaneous interest at an early age, his father made him wait until he was seven years old to begin training.[8]

An athletic child, Massialas also played soccer, and made the basketball and the swimming teams at Drew School. He enrolled Stanford University on a fencing scholarship in the fall of 2012.[9] He closed his freshman season by winning the 2013 NCAA title in individual men's foil.[10] He repeated this feat in 2015, after falling to David Willette in 2014's semifinal round.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.usfencing.org/page/show/2513964-alexander-massialas
  2. ^ http://www.usfencing.org/page/show/707550-alexander-massialas
  3. ^ http://fie.org/fencers/Alexander-MASSIALAS-21958
  4. ^ http://fie.org/fencers/fencer/21958
  5. ^ "Alexander Massialas". London 2012. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. Archived from the original on 2013-04-04. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Alexander Massialas". TeamUSA.org. United States Olympic Committee. 
  7. ^ "Young Fencer Alexander Massialas Carries on His Father’s Dream". New America Media. July 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ Vytas Mazeika (16 October 2014). "Fencing: Stanford's Massialas to take on the world". San José Mercury News. 
  9. ^ David Pollak (July 21, 2012). "San Francisco teen Alexander Massialas makes mark on U.S. Olympic fencing team". San José Mercury News. 
  10. ^ "Massialas bounces back". NCAA.com. October 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ "2014 NCAA Results". NCAA. NCAA. 2014. Archived from the original on 2016-01-07. Retrieved 2016-01-20. 
  12. ^ "2015 NCAA Results". NCAA. NCAA. 2015. Archived from the original on 2016-01-31. Retrieved 2016-01-20.