Lee Kiefer wins Olympic Fencing gold While in Med School

After her win in Tokyo on Sunday, Lee Kiefer became America’s first Olympic gold medalist in foil fencing. The 27-year old, who is from Kentucky, managed it all while still in medical school.

After her win, she said that “I still don’t feel like it’s real” “My happiness is derived from the joy of my coach, my family and at this point, my children.”

Kiefer is Filipina American, the first Asian American woman to win fencing silver, and previously competed at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics as well as the 2012 London Olympics. She did not win a medal at either of these events. After a tight match against Inna Deriglazova, a Russian gold medalist in 2016, Kiefer won with a score of 15-13. This was her third gold medal in the U.S.

Kiefer’s family sport is fencing. Her siblings and her father all compete in the sport. Gerek Meinhardt, her husband, is an Olympic fencer who won the bronze medal in team foil at the Rio Games.

Kiefer said that he actually recalled pulling out his computer at night to watch my husband fence in Beijing 2008. “This was when I was 14, and it was a NBC Sports questionnaire. “I didn’t know him at that time and I never thought about becoming an Olympian.”

She looked at Meinhardt during her interview on “TODAY” and shared how important the moment was to them, after they had only met for practice during the pandemic.

Kiefer stated, “We’ve been working hard on this for a decade.” “It’s our goal to be together.”

Kiefer placed fifth in London, and 10th in Rio. In 2016, Kiefer said to NBC News that there was little chance of her returning for the 2020 Olympics. Instead, she wanted to concentrate on her medical school and career as a physician. Although she did not enroll at the University of Kentucky for medical school, she stated that the time away from competition helped her gain the confidence that led to her success.

“I was like, “What happened?” “I was like, ‘What happened?'” she said in 2019 on a University of Kentucky podcast.