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: Lexington, Ky.
High School: Lick-Wilmerding High School (San Francisco, Calif.) ‘08
College: University of Notre Dame ‘13, Information Technology Management; University of Notre Dame ’15, Business Analytics and Marketing, University of Kentucky, College of Medicine
Team/Club: Massialas Foundation
Coach(es): Greg Massialas
Olympic Experience
  • Four-time Olympian (2008, 2012, 2016, 2020); one-time Olympic medalist (1 bronze)
  • Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
  • Olympic Games Rio 2016, bronze (team), 5th (individual)
  • Olympic Games London 2012, 4th (team)
  • Olympic Games Beijing 2008, 10th (individual)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2019 – gold (team)
  • Years of participation: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018,2019
  • Medals: 6 (1 gold, 3 silvers, 2 bronzes)
  • Gold – 2019 (team)
  • Silver – 2018 (team); 2017 (team); 2013 (team)
  • Bronze – 2015 (individual); 2010 (individual)
  • First U.S. man to win a senior world championship medal in 2010 (bronze)
  • U.S. man to win two individual senior world championship medals with a bronze in 2010 and 2015.
  • Member of the first U.S. Men's Foil Team to win a Senior World Championship title (2019)
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’ wife...Hobbies include reading, sports and traveling...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...Two-time individual NCAA Champion (2011, 2014)...First U.S. men’s foil fencer to earn World No. 1 (2014)...Began first year of medical school during the COVID-19 shutdown in the summer of 2020