The US Olympic Fencing Team. Photo: Nicole Jomantas, USA Fencing

The United States heads into the 2012 Olympics as the only country to qualify the full contingent of 16 athletes for the 10 fencing events at the Olympics.  The 16 are divided into two each for Men’s Epee and Women’s Sabre – which only have an individual event – and 3 each for the other events that also feature a team component. (That number could rise up to 20 athletes if all of the reserves get their chance to fence in the team events.)

A quick look at USA Fencing’s entries in the 2012 Olympic Games:

Women’s Foil -Individual Event: July 28th.  Team: August 2nd

Team World Rank: 6th
Lee Kiefer (Lexington, KY)  – World Rank: 5th
Nzingha Prescod (Brooklyn, NY) – World Rank: 19th
Nicole Ross (New York, NY) – World Rank: 26th
Doris Willete
(Lafayette, CA) – replacement athlete – World Rank: 22nd

Men’s Sabre – Individual Event: July 29th.  Team: August 3rd

Team World Rank: 8th
Daryl Homer (New York, NY) – World Rank: 20th
James Williams (New York, NY) – World Rank: 33rd
Tim Morehouse – (New York, NY) – World Rank: 38th
Jeff Spear (New York, NY) – World Rank: 35th

Women’s Epee – Individual Event: July 30th.  Team: August 4th

Team World Rank: 5th
Courtney Hurley (San Antonio, TX) – World Rank: 24th
Maya Lawrence (Teaneck, NJ) – World Rank: 29th
Susannah Scanlan (St. Paul, MN) – World Rank: 41st
Kelley Hurley (San Antonio, TX) – World Rank: 68th

Men’s Foil: Individual Event:July 31st.  Team: August 5th

Team World Rank: 5th
Race Imboden (Brooklyn, NY) – World Rank: 5th
Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, CA) – World Rank: 13th
Miles Chamley-Watson (Philadelphia, PA) – World Rank: 30th
Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, CA) – replacement athlete – World Rank: 19th

Men’s Epee – August 1st (Individual Only)
Soren Thompson (New York, NY) – World Rank: 14th
Seth Kelsey (Colorado Springs, CO) – World Rank: 20th

Women’s SabreAugust 1st (Individual Only)
Mariel Zagunis (Beaverton, OR) – World Rank: 1st
Dagmara Wozniak (Avenel, NJ) – World Rank: 10th

The US Women’s Saber Team took 3rd at the 2012 Team World Championships. Wozniak (pictured, right) and Zagunis are looking to add Olympic medals. Italy-USA photo via Bigstock.