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Lee Kiefer biography: 13 things about Olympic fencer born in Cleveland, Ohio

Lee Kiefer is a Filipino-American right-handed foil fencer born in Cleveland, Ohio, United States to Dr. Steven Kiefer and Dr. Teresa Oropilla Kiefer. Steven is a neurosurgeon and a former Duke University fencing team captain while Teresa is a pediatrician and psychiatrist from Tagum City, Philippines.

Lee is 5’4″ tall and her registered weight is 108 lbs. Here are 13 more things about her:

  1. She was raised in Lexington, Kentucky, USA. Her older sister Alexandra Kiefer was the 2011 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) fencing champion and their younger brother Axel Kiefer was the 2015 USA Fencing National Championships junior gold medalist.
  2. She won the individual women’s foil and was a member of the winning women’s foil team at the Pan American Championship from 2010 to 2018.
  3. On October 11, 2011, she won bronze in the women’s foil at the 2011 World Fencing Championships in Catania, Italy.
  4. In 2012, she graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington. In January 2012, she and her fellow fencer Gerek Meinhardt started dating. She finished fifth in the women’s foil at the 2012 Summer Olympics, which took place in London, England, United Kingdom from July 27, 2012 to August 12, 2012.
  5. She won the individual women’s foil at the 2013 NCAA Championship in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
  6. She won the individual women’s foil at the 2014 NCAA Championship in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
  7. She won the individual women’s foil at the 2015 NCAA Championship in Columbus. On February 6, 2015, she won the individual women’s foil at the Federation Internationale d’Escrime (FIE) World Cup in Algier, Algeria.
  8. She placed second in the individual women’s foil team in the FIE Grand Prix both in Havana, Cuba on March 11, 2016 and in Shanghai, China on June 3, 2016. She won the same competition in Turin, Italy on December 2, 2016.
  9. In 2017, she graduated from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, where she fenced for the Fighting Irish. She won the individual women’s foil at the 2017 NCAA Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. On March 17, 2017, she won the individual women’s foil at the FIE Grand Prix in Long Beach, California, USA. She won the individual women’s foil at the FIE World Cup in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany on April 28, 2017 and in Cancun, Mexico on October 13, 2016.
  10. She won the individual women’s foil at the 2018 FIE World Championship in Wuxi, China. In January 2018, she and Meinhardt got engaged. On March 17, 2018, she finished third in the individual women’s foil at the FIE Grand Prix in in Anaheim, California.
  11. On May 17, 2019, she finished third in the individual women’s foil at the FIE Grand Prix in Shanghai, China. In September 2019, she and Meinhardt got married.
  12. On February 7, 2020, she finished second in the individual women’s foil at the FIE Grand Prix in Turin.
  13. She was 27 years old when she won the gold medal in the women’s foil at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan on July 25, 2021.

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