By Darci Miller | March 17, 2016, 3:54 p.m. (ET)


In 2008, saber fencer Dagmara Wozniak was a replacement athlete for the Olympic team. In 2012, she finished off the Olympic podium. In 2016, she plans to go for gold.

Wozniak earned enough points in the USA Fencing national senior team point standings to qualify as the third member of the women’s saber team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The top three athletes in the standings qualified for the Olympic team for both the individual and team competitions; Wozniak joins first-time Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad and two-time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis. The threesome qualified the team its Olympic berth in early February. The replacement athlete for the team competition will be known when the national senior team point standings close in April.

The 27-year-old Poland-born fencer is the 50th athlete to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team.

Wozniak has been a consistent presence on world championship teams since 2007 and owns five world championship medals, four bronze and one gold, all in the team event. The gold medal, earned in 2014, marked the women’s saber team’s first world title since 2005. At the 2015 world championships, she earned bronze with the team but finished a disappointing 12th individually. But one week later, she rebounded to take her first individual Pan American Games gold medal after taking gold with the team. At the prior edition of the Pan American Games, in 2011, she earned gold in the team event. In 2015, Wozniak earned a total of eight medals, three of them individual: Pan American Games gold, Pan American Championships silver, and bronze at the Athens World Cup.

At her Olympic debut in 2012, Wozniak finished eighth individually; the team event was not contested. The last time the women’s saber team event was held at an Olympic Games was in 2008, and the U.S. women won bronze and swept the individual podium.

In addition to Wozniak, Zagunis and Muhammad, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Fencing Team is made up of saber fencer Daryl Homer, epee fencers Kelley Hurley and Courtney Hurley and foil fencers Lee Kiefer, Nzingha Prescod, Miles Chamley-Watson, Alex Massialas and Gerek Meinhardt. Three more fencers are expected to qualify for Team USA.