By Darci Miller | March 12, 2016, 8:10 p.m. (ET)


At the London 2012 Olympic Games, Lee Kiefer and Nzingha Prescod were first-time Olympians competing together on the U.S. women’s foil fencing team. This summer they will both become two-time Olympians, as both have secured their place on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. Kiefer and Prescod qualified by finishing among the top 14 women's foil fencers in the FIE Individual Adjusted Official Ranking List. As there is no women’s foil team event being contested in Rio, only the top two U.S. athletes qualify for the Olympic team, while other fencing disciplines have three athletes competing in the team events.

Kiefer sweetened her Olympic qualification by earning silver at the La Havane Grand Prix, the final international event of the qualifying period. The 21-year-old, currently ranked No. 6 in the world, qualified as the top women’s foil fencer in the nation. She’s been on the international scene since 2009 when she was the youngest member of the U.S. world championship team at just 15 years old. In 2011, she became just the second U.S. women’s foil fencer to ever win a medal at the senior world championships when she took bronze. The win made her the only fencer in the world to earn individual medals at the senior, junior and cadet world championships in 2011, as she won silver at the junior and cadet levels. She also became the first fencer to win six consecutive individual titles at the Pan American Championships. In 2015 she won gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and the Algers World Cup and added a bronze at the St. Maur World Cup. At the London Games, in addition to finishing sixth in the team competition, she placed fifth as an individual.

Right behind Kiefer in the world rankings at No. 7 is Prescod. She qualified for her first senior world championship team in 2009 at age 16 and, in 2015, became the first African-American woman to win an individual medal at the event when she won bronze. She was also the first U.S. women’s foil fencer to win a grand prix title when she topped the podium in Marseille, France, in 2013. In her first Olympic appearance, Prescod finished sixth with the team and 22nd in the individual competition.

Kiefer and Prescod join epee fencers Kelley Hurley and Courtney Hurley, foil fencers Gerek Meinhardt and Alex Massialas, and saber fencers Mariel Zagunis, Ibtihaj Muhammad and Daryl Homer on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Fencing Team. Five more fencers are expected to qualify for Team USA.