EP10-Fencing Found Me with Olympian Felicia Zimmerman

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In this Episode:

In this episode, two-time Olympic contender Felicia Zimmerman talks about her childhood experiences as a shy girl who became empowered the first time she placed a fencing mask on her face. Her sister, Iris, has had a life-time impact on Felicia’s competitive nature, developing confidence, and as a joint business owner. Listen as she describes what it felt like to compete in the Olympics with her sister by her side.

About Felicia Zimmerman:

Felicia Zimmermann is the only woman to win NCAA titles in foil (1998) and epee (1999). A team captain and Block S winner, she was known for her ability to out-think opponents and versatility with any weapon. Zimmermann captured four U.S. foil titles – only two women have won more – and was the first American fencer to claim the World Cup overall championship in under-20 category. She competed in the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics, helping the U.S. finish fourth in team foil in Sydney. In 2013, Zimmermann was inducted into the U.S. Fencing Hall of Fame and, most recently, the 2018 Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame. She lives in Egypt with her husband, Tamerzein. An accomplished pianist, she earned a degree in mechanical engineering, speaks three languages, and works as a management consultant. Zimmermann and her younger sister, Iris, who won an NCAA foil title for Stanford in 2001, are co-owners of the Rochester Fencing Club.


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