The Olympians

Without doubt fencing can contribute immensely to the holistic development of a child and support it in becoming not only a successful athlete but an active and healthy person with a set of life skills and true values. Consequently, we do believe that meetings and opportunities to interact, play with and learn from World Champions and Olympians can have huge influence on the perceptions of the young athletes about the sport and their personal goals and growth inside and outside the fencing hall.

We are happy to share that three renowned and experienced Olympians have joined the first edition of the International Fencing Camp, passing on the flame of the Olympic values to the next generation and giving the unique opportunity to our young participants to learn fencing from the best!

Ana Maria Popescu

Ana Maria Popesscu is a Romanian épée fencer. She earned the silver medal in the individual épée event at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and the gold medal in the 2013 European Fencing Championships. She won the women’s épée World Cup series a record-equaling three times (2007–08, 2008–09, and 2012–13), with thirteen World Cup titles to her name. With the Romanian team she was twice World champion (2010 and 2011) and six-times European champion (2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, and 2015).

Career highlights:

World Championship Lisbon 2002 Bronze medal

Olympic Games Beijing 2008 Silver medal

World Championship Catania 2011 Bronze medal

European Fencing Championships 2013 Gold medal

World Championship Wuxi 2018 Silver medal

View FIE profile here: Ana Maria Popescu

Ruben Limardo Gascon

Rubén Limardo Gascón is a Venezuelan épée fencer. Limardo won a gold medal for his native country at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the individual épée competition. Five years earlier, he won the gold medal in the individual épée competition at the 2007 Pan American Games. He is two-time world silver medalist in men’s épée, winning silver at the 2018 and 2013 World Championships in Wuxu and Budapest.

Career highlights:

Olympic Games London 2012 Gold medal

World Championship Budapest 2013 Silver medal

World Championship Wuxi 2018 Silver medal

Pan American Games 2007 Gold medal

View FIE profile here: Ruben Limardo Gascon

Nikolai Novosjolov

Nikolai Novosjolov is an Estonian fencer, a two-time world champion and world silver medalist in men’s épée, winning gold at the 2010 World Championships in Paris and the 2013 World Championships in Budapest, and winning the silver at the 2017 World Championships in Leipzig. He won the 2011–12 Fencing World Cup. He was also a member of the Estonia team that won the silver medal in men’s team épée at the 2001 World Championships in Nîmes. Nikolai is experienced Olympian with participation in the last three Summer Olympic Games and has won place amongst the top ten finalists in the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.

He was voted the best fencer and youth fencing coach in Estonia for year 2018.

Career highlights:

World Championship Paris 2010 Gold medal

World Championship Budapest 2013 Gold medal

World Championship Leipzig 2017 Silver medal

View FIE profile here: Nikolai Novosjolov