Alexander Ryjik

USA Fencing

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Event: Saber
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 180 lbs
School: Sophomore at Harvard University, Graduate of Hayfield Secondary in Alexandria, VA
Club: Virginia Academy of Fencing
Coach: Alexandre Ryjik

Personal:

Alexander Victor Ryjik is the son of Alexandre and Anna Ryjik...He is a member of the 2009 Cadet World Championship Team... Alexander was introduced to fencing at age 9 by his father...His favorite moment in fencing is winning a Direct Elimination bout... Alexander's father, who is also his coach, is his greatest influence by helping him pursue his goals and giving up his time to train him... Alexander is on the Honor Roll, has won a science fair medal, and participates in orchestra and soccer.

Competition Record:

Team Gold medal at the Cadet World Cup in London

2009- Cadet World Cup in Kowon, Poland, Silver medal.

2009- Member of the Cadet World Championship Team

2008- Cadet World Cup in Godollo, Hungary, 8th place

2008- North American Cup in Portland, OR, 1st place Cadet

2007- Cadet World Cup in Konin, Poland, 12th place

Hobbies: Soccor and violin.  Honor roll student for the past three years.

How did you start fencing?
My father, who fenced in Russia and owns a fencing club, introduced me to the sport.

What has been your favorite moment while fencing?
Winning the team competition in Cadet at the World cup in London, U.K.

What is your motivation?
I want to be the best and make the Olympics?

Who has influenced your fencing career?
My father and Bill Becher as my coaches and numerous other coached who have been nice enough to work with me.  My family and friends help me mentally and help me train.

What are your goals for this year and in the future?
I want to win the World Championships and make the Olympics.

How do you train?
I train at my club with my coach and teammates and do extra physical training at a gym or on my own.

What are some of the biggest hurdles / challenges you've had to overcome in your fencing career?
I've had many mental challenges that i've had to overcome.  I also had a hard time finding motivation, but I'm motivated today.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
My favorite food is Caesar Salad.