Foil fencing power couple Lee Kiefer and Gerek Meinhardt rang in 2018 with an engagement ring.
Kiefer, a two-time Olympian, and Meinhardt, a three-time Olympian, made the engagement public through social media on New Year’s Day.
Kiefer, 23, won an individual bronze medal at the 2011 world championships to become the second U.S. women’s foil fencer to win a medal at worlds.
In March 2017, she became the first American woman to achieve the No. 1 world ranking in foil fencing.
Meinhardt, 27, also a former No. 1 in the men’s foil world rankings, won a team bronze at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 a year after winning an individual bronze at the world championships. He became the first U.S. men’s fencer to win a senior world championship medal when he claimed bronze in 2010, and was the first U.S. men’s fencer to earn two individual world championship medals after winning the bronze in 2015.
Meinhardt helped the U.S. men’s foil team earn silver at the 2017 world championships after medaling in four of the season’s five world cups, marking just the fourth time the U.S. reached the podium in the men’s team foil event.
The couple has been dating for several years. Meinhardt graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 with a degree in Information Technology Management. Kiefer graduated from Notre Dame in 2017 as a pre-med major and has applied to medical schools. Earlier this year she became just the second woman to win four NCAA individual titles.