Name: Gerek Meinhardt
Sport: Fencing
Discipline(s): Foil Fencing
Event(s): Individual, Team
Height: 6-0
Weight: 175
DOB: 7/27/1990
Birthplace: San Francisco, Calif.
Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.
High School: Lick-Wilmerding High School (San Francisco, Calif.) ‘08
College: University of Notre Dame ’13, Information Technology Management (bachelor’s); Business Analytics and Marketing (master’s)
Team/Club: Massialas Foundation
Coach(es): Greg Massialas
Olympic Experience
  • Three-time Olympian (2008, 2012, 2016); Olympic medalist (bronze)
  • Rio 2016, 5th (individual); bronze (team)
  • London 2012, 4th (team)
  • Beijing 2008, 10th (individual)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2018 – silver (team), 36th (individual)
  • Years of participation: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
  • Medals: 5 (3 silvers, 2 bronzes)
  • Silver – 2018 (team), 2017 (team), 2013 (team) )
  • Bronze – 2015 (individual), 2010 (individual)
  • First U.S. man to win a senior world championship medal (bronze in 2010
  • First U.S. man to win two individual senior world championship medals (bronze in 2010 and 2015)
  • First U.S. man to win three senior world championship medals (bronze in 2010 and 2015, team silver in 2013)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2015 Pan American Games, gold (team) and silver (individual)
  • 2011 Pan American Games, gold (team)
Personal: Son of Kurt and Jane Meinhardt...Has one older sister, Katie...Married to fellow Team USA fencer Lee Kiefer…Began fencing at age 9…Was introduced to the sport after taking piano lessons from fencing coach Greg Massialas’s wife…Hobbies include reading and travelling...Became the first U.S. men's fencer ever to qualify for the cadet, junior and senior world teams all in the same year (2007)...Was the youngest athlete ever to compete on a U.S. Olympic Fencing Team in 2008 and youngest member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team in any sport...Four-time NCAA All-American.