When the three Kiefer kids were little, their dining room in Lexington, Ky., was converted into a mini fencing club.
Their father, Steve, who had been the fencing captain at Duke University in the mid-1980s, taught his daughters, Alex and Lee, and son, Axel, the sport's fundamentals.
"In the beginning, I hated fencing," said Lee Kiefer, who was just 5 at the time. "It was so hard, and the equipment was so heavy. I couldn't carry my fencing bag for the first year I fenced."
Kiefer, now 17 and a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar (Lexington, Ky.), is glad she stuck with it. She is one of the sport's rising stars and has qualified for the American foil team in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, her biggest feat yet... more>