Mariel Zagunis

Fencing

  • 2004
  • 2008
  • 2012

Event: Saber
Height:  5'8"
Birthplace:  Portland, Ore.
Education: Anthropology major at Notre Dame University. Graduate of Valley Catholic High School
Coach: Ed Korfanty
Hobbies: Cooking, Playing tennis and soccer, relaxing bike rides and anything that has to do with the outdoors, including volunteering in environmental preservation activities.
Web Sitewww.marielzagunis.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarielZagunis

Honors:

  • Most decorated fencer in the history of USA Fencing
  • 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2005 FIE Senior World Cup Champion
  • 2004, 2003 and 2002 FIE Junior World Cup Champion
  • 2012 U.S. Olympic Team 
  • Youngest U.S. fencer to win a gold medal at a Senior World Championships (age 15 in 2000)
  • Only U.S. fencer to win four World Championship titles in one season
  • First U.S. fencer to have four World Championship gold medals
  • 2009 FIE Chevelier Feyerick Trophy recipient for sportsmanship and fair play
  • Secret/U.S. Women's Sports Foundation Oregon Athlete of the Year in 2002
  • 2004 and 2005 Bill Hayward Award recipient as Oregon's #1 amateur athlete of the year
  • Named Oregon's #1 Women's Professional Athlete of the Year
  • Named Notre Dame's Athlete of the Decade in 2010

Olympic Teams: 2012, 2008 (Individual - Gold, Team - Bronze), 2004 (Individual - Gold)
Senior World Championship Teams: 2012 (Team - Bronze), 2011 (Individual - Silver, Team - Bronze), 2010 (Individual - Gold), 2009 (Individual - Gold), 2007, 2006 (Individual and Team Silver), 2005 (Team - Gold), 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000 (Team - Gold)
Junior World Championship Teams: 2005 (Individual and Team Gold), 2004 (Team - Gold, Individual Silver), 2003, 2002 (Team - Silver), 2001 (Individual and Team Gold), 2000 (Team - Silver)
Cadet World Championship Teams: 2002, 2001 (Gold)

Personal: Zagunis made history as a 19‐year‐old in 2004 when she became the first U.S.
fencer to win an Olympic gold medal in 100 years after originally qualifying for the team
as a replacement athlete. 
She is also in the history books as the first Olympic gold medalist for women's saber, which made its Olympic debut at the 2004 Olympic Games. The four‐time Senior World Champion defended her Olympic title in Beijing. The daughter of Robert and Cathy Zagunis who were both rowers on the 1976 U.S. Olympic Team, Mariel was the top-ranked fencer in the world at the conclusion of the 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons.

An all-around athlete who still enjoys playing tennis in her spare time, Mariel competed on her high school's varsity soccer team for three years and began her career as a Notre Dame fencer just weeks after winning gold at the 2004 Olympic Games. After winning the 2006 NCAA Individual Championship in 2006, Zagunis took time off from school to focus on preparing for the Beijing Olympic Games. 

Mariel says that her parents are her role models as "they have been through so much [good and bad] in their lives and have dedicated so much to their children that has enabled us to achieve greatness on many different levels.  They have made me the person I am today and I never could have learned so much about life or how to work as hard as I do from any other two people.  Through them I have been able to grow and understand what is truly important in life and how to reach any goal I set for myself.  No matter how daunting a task may be, I know my family will always be there to support me and help me through it."

Recent Competition History 

2012:

  • Gold - Pan American Championships (Individual)
  • Gold - Pan American Championships (Team)
  • Gold - Orleans Grand Prix
  • Gold - Tianjin Grand Prix
  • Gold - Korfanty Cup (Team)
  • Gold - Gent World Cup (Team)
  • Silver - Korfanty Cup (Individual)
  • Silver - Antalya World Cup (Team)
  • Silver - Bologna World Cup (Team)
  • Bronze - World Team Championships 
  • Bronze - Gent World Cup (Individual)
  • Bronze - Bologna World Cup (Individual)
  • Bronze - Moscow World Cup (Individual)
  • Bronze - Antalya World Cup (Individual) 
  • Fourth - Olympic Games 
  • Ninth - London World Cup

2011: 

  • Gold - Orleans Grand Prix
  • Gold - Pan American Championships (Individual)
  • Gold - Pan American Championships (Team)
  • Gold - Pan American Games (Individual)
  • Gold - Pan American Games (Team)
  • Silver - Senior World Championships (Individual)
  • Silver - New York World Cup (Individual)
  • Silver - Moscow Grand Prix
  • Bronze - Senior World Championships (Team)
  • Bronze - New York World Cup (Team)
  • Bronze - London World Cup
  • Bronze - Istanbul World Cup (Team)
  • Fifth - Gent World Cup (Team)
  • Ninth - Bologna World Cup
  • Ninth - Istanbul World Cup (Individual)
  • 17th - Gent World Cup (Individual)

2010

  • Gold - Senior World Championships (Individual)
  • Gold - Pan American Championships
  • Gold - New York World Cup
  • Gold - Tianjin Grand Prix
  • Gold - London World Cup
  • Silver - Tunisia Grand Prix
  • Silver - Moscow Grand Prix
  • Silver - Orleans Grand Prix
  • Bronze - Havana World Cup
  • Fourth - Senior World Championships (Team) 
  • Ninth - Lamezia Grand Prix

2009:

  • Gold - Senior World Championships (Individual)
  • Gold - Pan American Championships
  • Gold - Dallas World Cup
  • Gold - Havana World Cup
  • Silver - Tianjin Grand Prix
  • Sixth - Senior World Championships (Team)

2008:
  
  • Gold - Olympic Games (Individual)
  • Bronze - Olympic Games (Team)  

2006: 
  • Gold - NCAA Championships (Individual)

2005:

  • Gold - Junior World Championships (Individual)
  • Gold - Junior World Championships (Team)
  • Gold - Senior World Championships (Team)
  • Gold - NCAA Championships (Team)
  • Silver - NCAA Championships (Individual)

2004:

  • Gold - Olympic Games
  • Gold - Junior World Championships (Team)

2003: 
  • Seventh - Senior World Championships 
  • Seventh - Foggia Grand Prix
  • 11th - Tauberbischofsheim World Cup
  • 18th - Moscow Grand Prix
  • 19th - New York Grand Prix
  • 20th - Orleans Grand Prix
  • 22nd - Havana World Cup 
  • 40th - Budapest World Cup

2001
:
  • Gold - Junior World Championships (Individual)
  • Gold - Junior World Championships (Team)  


2000
:

  • Gold - Senior World Championships (Team)