Dagmara Wozniak

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Dagmara Wozniak
Dagmara Wozniak podium 2013 Fencing WCH SFS-EQ t215318.jpg
Personal information
Nickname(s) Daga[1]
Country represented United States
Born (1988-07-01) July 1, 1988 (age 29)
Wrocław, Poland
Weapon(s) Saber
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Club Manhattan Fencing Center
Head coach(es) Yury Gelman
FIE Ranking Current ranking
Domestic Ranking External Link
Dagmara Wozniak
Medal record
Women's fencing
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2014 Kazan Team
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Catania Team
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Budapest Team
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Moscow Team

Dagmara "Daga" Wozniak (Woźniak) (born July 1, 1988) is an American saber fencer.[1] Wozniak was named to the U.S. Olympic team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in women's saber competition as a substitute and as a competitor at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.[2][3][4]

As of the summer of 2016, she was ranked as one of the top 10 saber fencers in the world.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Her parents are Gregory and Irena Wozniak and she has an older sister, Zuzanna.[4] Born in Wrocław, Poland, when Wozniak was one year old, she immigrated to the United States with her parents. The family settled in Avenel, New Jersey.[4][5][6]

Wozniak graduated from Colonia High School in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey in 2006.[6] She went on to attend St. John's University, where she majored in Biology.[7]

Fencing career[edit]

Wozniak began fencing at age 9 at the Polish American Fencing School (PAFS) in Linden, New Jersey.[8][5][6] She has trained at the Manhattan Fencing Center since high school, and her coach is Yury Gelman.[4][6] She won three team medals at the Junior World Fencing Championships.[5]

Wozniak was an Olympic alternate in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing but did not compete. She became a full member of the U.S. team at the 2012 Olympic Games and placed eighth, losing to Sofiya Velikaya of Russia in the quarterfinals by the score of 15-13.[3][5][6][6] It was later revealed that she had fenced with a partially torn Achilles tendon.[6]

After winning bronze medals in the team competition at the 2011 World Fencing Championships, and the 2012 and 2013 Senior World Championships, Wozniak won a gold medal with Team USA in 2014.[5]

As of the summer of 2016, she was ranked among the top 10 saber fencers in the world.[5] She represented the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[4] The team won a bronze medal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b London Olympics: Dagmara Wozniak's stab just misses mark | NJ.com
  2. ^ The 2008 Olympic Fencing Team
  3. ^ a b Orr, Conor (July 25, 2012). "Olympics 2012: Fencer Dagmara Wozniak, an Avenel native, flourished with work ethic learned from immigrant parents". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Dagmara Wozniak
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Dagmara Wozniak
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Dagmara Wozniak Rides Passion for Fencing to the Olympic Games - Woodbridge, NJ Patch
  7. ^ Chang, Kathy. "Young fencer enjoys living on the edge: Woodbridge resident hoping for a spot on 2008 Olympic team"[permanent dead link], Woodbridge Sentinel, August 16, 2006. Accessed July 8, 2008. "Wozniak graduated from Colonia High School in June. She heads to St. John's University in Queens, N.Y., this fall on a full athletic scholarship."
  8. ^ Tufaro, Greg. "Fencing for gold: Colonia's Wozniak will represent U.S. in saber competition in Beijing Olympics", Asbury Park Press, July 24, 2008. Accessed July 26, 2008.

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