Eighteen-year-old San Franciscan Alexander Massialas was officially named to the U.S. Olympic Fencing Team in men’s foil for the 2012 London Olympic Games this past week.
The inclusion to the Olympics was all but a formality after Massialas finished seventh in the La Coruna Foil World Cup in January.
Massialas is the United States’ No. 1-ranked foil fencer and is currently ranked in the top 10 in the world in men’s foil. He is the youngest ever U.S. men’s foil national champion, the second youngest U.S. male fencer to qualify for the Olympic Games and the most decorated world championship USA men’s foil fencer, with a total of nine world championship medals, including five gold medals that represent his five world championship titles.
Massialas attends Drew School and this fall will be attending Stanford on a fencing scholarship.
“It’s a dream come true and I’m honored to represent Team USA and the Bay Area at the Olympics,” Massialas said.
Massialas is part of what some have called “The Bay Area’s first family of fencing.” His sister Sabrina, 15 years old, fenced in her first world championships earlier this year in Moscow. Both are following in the footsteps of their father, Greg Massialas, a three-time Olympian, 2008 Beijing Olympic coach, and the coach of the 2012 USA Olympic men’s foil team.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Alexander as he has done some extraordinary things in his life,” Greg said. “We’re excited to be able to share the special moments together in London. I look forward to walking with Alexander into the Olympic stadium during Opening Ceremonies, and seeing what he can do on the Olympic fencing strip.”