Molly Sullivan Sliney

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Molly Sullivan Sliney
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Born (1966-08-13) 13 August 1966 (age 52)
Methuen, Massachusetts, United States

Molly Sullivan Sliney (born August 13, 1966) is a former American foil fencer, now working as a motivational speaker and fencing instructor.

Sliney was a member of the 1988 and 1992 United States Olympic fencing teams.[1] She also won two gold medals in the 1987 and 1991 Pan American Games.[2] While fencing for the University of Notre Dame,[3] she was the NCAA Women's Foil Individual Champion in 1986 and 1988. At the time she was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for winning two individual NCAA titles.[4] Sliney also was U.S. National Champion in 1985.[5][6] In 1987, she led the Notre Dame Women's Foil Team to an NCAA championship by posting a 10-0 record in the tournament.[7] This was the first time the Fighting Irish had ever won an NCAA Women's title in any sport. She graduated with a 160-14 record,[8] and Notre Dame named her 1980s Female Athlete of the Decade.

Since retiring from competition in 1992, Sliney has been an active motivational speaker[9] and fencing instructor.[10] She primarily speaks to students, sharing her many experiences, including her experience with the learning disability dyslexia. Her presentations focus on the importance of reading, goal-setting and improving self-esteem.

In September, 2017, Sliney started Vivo Fencing Club along with Arpad Horvath in Bradford, Massachusetts as a partner and fencing coach.


  1. ^ "Molly Sullivan Sliney Olympic Results". Retrieved 2011-07-30.
  2. ^ LA Times - Aug 10, 1991
  3. ^ Notre Dame Archives
  4. ^ The Guinness Book of Records 1993 - page 238
  5. ^ The Museum of American Fencing Archived 2011-08-28 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ The Woman Fencer By Nick & Anita Evangelista - page 42
  7. ^ Fencing Title To Notre Dame - New York Times
  8. ^ Fighting Irish: Legends, Lists, and Lore By Karen Croake Heisler - page 191
  9. ^ A twice in a lifetime experience: Former fencer reflects on Olympics - Lawrence Eagle Tribune Archived 2015-02-02 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Fencing Programs

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