The world-class athlete will soon graduate med school to become a doctor—a reminder that so many Olympic athletes maintain full-time jobs and live a second life in addition to competing on a global stage.
The three-time Olympian made history for Team U.S.A.
raging last year. She and her husband, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Gerek Meinhardt, built a fencing strip in her parents’ basement when their training club closed. After completing seven months of her third year of medical school—which involved 6:45 a.m. starts at the hospital, studying late at night, plus attending class lectures and fencing practice when time allowed—Kiefer took a leave of absence to focus on preparing for Tokyo. All of the effort came to a stunning finale and clearly paid off.
“I think it came down to having a really good support system,” shetold USA Fencing. “Obviously my husband, my family, and my teammates—the people who I’ve worked up to this Olympics with. I think the fact that we all shared this journey and this goal motivated me to make the final push.”
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Lee Kiefer wins Olympic fencing gold while in med schoolKiefer is the first American to win a gold medal in the individual foil and the first Asian American woman to win a fencing gold in general. 就这 Great to see an American win! I enjoyed being on the fencing team at my university. USAFencing Congratulations 🤺
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