Greg Massialas

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Greg Massialas
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Massialas at the Paris World Cup 2014
Personal information
Born (1956-05-20) May 20, 1956 (age 62)
Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)

Gregory David Massialas (born May 20, 1956) is an American foil fencer and fencing coach.


A reserve for the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, he was set to make his Olympic début at the Moscow Games in 1980, but was prevented from doing so by the American government's decision to boycott the games.[1] He was one of 461 athletes to receive a Congressional Gold Medal many years later.[2] He competed at the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics.[3]

He is the founder and head coach of the Massialas Foundation (MTEAM), a fencing club in San Francisco. Since 2012 he is the national coach of the United States senior foil team, which includes his own son Alexander. He brought the club to a No.1 world ranking, with each of its four members ranking individually in the Top 10 and Miles Chamley-Watson winning the 2013 World Fencing Championships. Massialas' daughter Sabrina, now a senior, is also a high-level foil fencer.


  1. ^ John Hickey (21 January 2014). "Athletes recall 1980 Olympic boycott". San José Mercury News.
  2. ^ Caroccioli, Tom; Caroccioli, Jerry. Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Highland Park, IL: New Chapter Press. pp. 243–253. ISBN 978-0942257403.
  3. ^ "Greg Massialas Olympic Results". Archived from the original on April 26, 2011. Retrieved May 18, 2011.

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