Stats on Park Slope’s Olympic Fencing Hopeful: Race Imboden
- I’m so jazzed up after seeing the Opening Ceremonies last night that I wanted to check in on Park Slope’s Race Imboden. I found these stats on Race at the US Fencing website.Home: Brooklyn, N.Y.Birth Year: 1993
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 155 lbs.
Birthplace: Tampa, Fla.
Current Residence: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Club: Empire United Fencing
Coach: Jed Dupree
Most People Don’t Know That… I used to be a BMX racing champion.
Current U.S. Ranking: #1 (Junior), #1 (Senior)
Current World Ranking: #13 (Junior), #5 (Senior)
Olympic Teams: 2012
Senior World Championship Teams: 2011 (Eighth)
Junior World Championship Teams: 2012 (Gold – Team), 2011 (Gold – Team)
Cadet World Championship Teams: 2010 (Bronze)
Personal: Imboden took up fencing when, as a child, a stranger saw him playing with swords in a park and suggested he take up fencing. By 16, Imboden had qualified for his first major international team and had earned a bronze medal at the Cadet World Championships in 2010. On the junior level, Imboden won back-to-back gold medals in the team event at the Junior World Championships. Imboden says his coach, 2004 Olympian Jed Dupree, opened his eyes to the mental aspects of fencing which have allowed him to acheive the success he has had in recent years, but he still says one of his biggest challenges is controlling his emotions on the strip.
The above was found on the US Fencing website. You can read more about Race, his teammates and Olympic fencing there.