Name: Mario Rodriguez
Sport: Wheelchair Fencing
Event: Foil
Height: 5’8”
Current Residence: Port Hueneme, Calif.


Paralympic Experience:

  • 1996 Paralympic Games
  • 2000 Paralympic Games
  • 2004 Paralympic Games  
  • 2012 Paralympic Games  

Career Highlights:

  • 2012 Montreal World Cup, seventh place (foil)
  • 2011 Parapan American Games, gold medal (foil), fifth place (epee)
  • 2010 Montreal World Cup, tenth (saber)
  • 2010 North American Cup, gold medal (saber)
  • 2003 Madrid World Cup, bronze medal (foil)
  • 2002 Austin World Cup, bronze medal (foil)
  • Four-time Wheelchair World Team member (1998, 2002, 2011, 2012)
  • Three-Time Wheelchair National Champion in saber (2001, 2004, 2010)
  • Four-Time Wheelchair National Champion in foil (1995, 2000, 2003, 2004) 

Facts: A former U.S. Air Force staff sergeant, Rodriguez had part of his pelvis and leg surgically removed when doctors discovered he had a tumor in 1985. When physical therapy and rehab proved to be unsuccessful, Rodriguez elected to have the leg removed entirely in 1992 - a decision that ultimately brought him to the sport of wheelchair fencing. After reading about fencing in a magazine, Rodriguez won his first national title in 1995 and qualified to represent the United States at the Atlanta Paralympic Games a year later. Rodriguez has competed at the Games in each of the three weapons - foil, epee and saber - and will fence on his fourth Paralympic Team in London.

Learn more: 
US Wheelchair Fencing