Paris Olympics 2024 (Team USA): Meet Fencer Alexander Massialas

Alexander Massialas, 29, who stands at 6 feet 2 inches (188 cm) and weighs 185 pounds (84 kg) is an American right-handed foil fencer. Massialas is a two-time NCAA champion, 11-time team Pan American champion, two-time individual Pan American champion, and 2019 team world champion.

Three-time Olympian Massialas won two team bronze medals and an individual silver in the 2016 Olympics. Massialas participated in three Olympic Games: the 2012 London Games, the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, and the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. He’s also qualified for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

Alexander Massialas qualified for the Paris Olympics 2024

Alexander Massialas did well and earned a spot to compete at the 2024 Paris Olympics. He accomplished this by performing at the Paris Men’s Foil World Cup event. In this competition, he won the gold medal with his Men’s Foil team.

In the final match, Massialas faced off against Guillaume Bianchi from Italy. Massialas defeated Bianchi with a score of 15-5 to claim the individual gold medal match.

Earlier in the semifinals, Massialas had a tough battle against Ka Long Cheung from Hong Kong-China, who is the Olympic champion. However, Massialas managed to beat Cheung with a close score of 15-13.

Team USA fencer Alexander Massialas prepares for the 2024 Paris Olympics

Alexander Massialas, who is 29 years old and from the Bay Area, has already been to three Olympics. He was at the San Jose Convention Center, but not to compete this weekend. Instead, he was there to receive the gold medal he won at last season’s Fencing World Cup.

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Right now, Massialas is ranked as the top men’s fencer in the world. His father, Greg Massialas, who is also an Olympic fencer and Alexander’s coach, was with him at the event. Greg said, “Winning and being number one in the world for a whole year is special. Of course, we are preparing for the big goal, which is the Paris 2024 Olympics.”

To get ready, Alexander will be competing next weekend in an important qualifier, the Fencing World Cup in Paris.

“It’s an event I always look forward to every single year. If it’s not the Olympics or the World Championships, this is the one that everyone wants to win”

said Alexander Massialas.

Everything in Alexander Massialas’s Family Life with his Parents and Siblings

Alexander Massialas was born in San Francisco, California. He grew up playing in the trees at the Presidio Park, watching the Warriors basketball team struggle, and eating Chinese food in the Richmond neighborhood. He studied Mechanical Engineering in college and is now a graduate student. His hobbies are basketball, soccer, music, and watching sports.

Alexander Massialas Parents Wedding
Image: Alexander Massialas Parent’s Wedding Photo (Source: Alexander’s Instagram)

His father is Greek, and his mother is Taiwanese. His father, Greg Massialas, was a fencer for the United States at the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics. Now, Greg coaches the American national foil fencing team. Alexander’s sister, Sabrina, is also a very good foil fencer. Even though fencing was in his family, Alexander was never forced into it.

Meet Alexander Massialas’s Girlfriend Jenny

Alexander Massialas has been dating a girl named Jenny for a couple of years now. Not much is known about their relationship or details about Jenny, as they prefer to keep that information private.

Alexander Massialas Girlfriend Jenny
Image: Alexander Massialas kissing his Girlfriend Jenny at Lee Kiefer and Gerek Meinhardt Wedding (Source: Alexander’s Instagram)

The only public hint about Jenny is her Instagram account, but her is private.

Alexander Massialas started his fencing training at the age of 7

After he showed interest in fencing at a young age, his father made him wait until he was 7 years old to start training.

As a kid, Alexander was very athletic. He played soccer and made the basketball and swimming teams at Drew School, where he graduated in 2012. In the fall of 2012, he went to Stanford University on a fencing scholarship. While in high school, he trained with the Massialas Foundation under his father Gregory Massialas, and coach Dean Hinton. His fencing club is the Massialas Foundation in San Francisco, California.

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In 2012, Alex was really good at fencing right from the start and has been ranked as one of the top 16 fencers in the world ever since. At the 2012 Olympic Games, he was the youngest member on the US Men’s Foil Team at just 18 years old. In fact, he was the youngest male athlete representing the USA across all sports.

In 2013, he won the gold medal in the individual event at the Junior World Championships. He was the first American men’s foil fencer to achieve this. During the competition, he showed great determination, like coming back from being down 7-1 to win an important match. He also helped the US team perform well at the Junior Worlds and felt confident they could defend their title.

Alexander world championships

In 2014 May, he earned a bronze medal at the Tokyo Grand Prix and a silver medal at the Pan American Championships in Costa Rica in June. In March, he won a silver medal at the Havana Grand Prix. By the end of the 2015 season, he was ranked as the 6th best men’s foil fencer worldwide. He also helped Team USA win a bronze at the 2014 Challenge International de Paris event. Additionally, he won gold in the Division I men’s foil at the 2013 November North American Cup with a perfect 13-0 record.

In 2015, he claimed the individual silver medal at the Senior World Championships while maintaining a top 16 world ranking, showing consistent excellence.

In 2016, he became the first American male fencer since 1904 to win two medals at the same Olympic Games – an individual silver and a team bronze. His individual silver was also the first time an American fencer had won silver at the Olympics since 1932.

In 2017, during his last year at college, Alexander had an excellent 20-4 record in foil fencing at the Northwestern Duals event. He also won a gold medal in foil at the 2017 Paris World Cup. He helped the United States win the gold medal at the Pan American Championships in Santiago, Chile that year. Additionally, he won an individual silver medal and a team gold medal at the Paris Grand Prix.

In 2018, he earned a silver medal at the Senior World Championships. He also contributed to the US Men’s Foil Team winning a silver medal at the World Championships in Wuxi, China.

In 2019, Alexander was part of the first-ever US Men’s Foil Team to win the Senior World Championship title. They secured this victory at the tournament held in Budapest, Hungary.

Alexander Massialas recent years filled with Olympics Matches

In 2020, he won a bronze medal in the Team Foil event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, adding to his impressive collection of Olympic medals.

H competed at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, showing his continued hard work and dedication to fencing.

In 2022, Alexander started the Massialas Fencing Tour, providing training clinics on fencing skills and character development for young fencers. This showed his commitment to inspiring the next generation. He was also elected to the Athletes Commission of the International Fencing Federation, allowing him to advocate for athletes’ needs.

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However, that same year he faced some challenges. He tested positive for COVID-19, preventing him from competing at the 2022 World Cup in Cairo, Egypt. He also suffered a wrist injury, causing him to miss training before the 2016 Olympics. This highlighted the physical demands of being an elite fencer.

In 2023, he had a great start to the 2023-24 season, winning two straight gold medals at the Tokoname Men’s Foil World Cup. This added to his impressive career record and exceptional performance. He earned his 10th career gold at a World Cup/Grand Prix event and 5th gold of that year.

In 2024, he continued winning two more straight gold medals to begin the 2023-24 season. This marked his 10th career World Cup/Grand Prix gold medal and 5th gold of that calendar year, further building his outstanding career record.