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Emily Ruth Cross (born October 15, 1986) is a U.S. foil fencer who was a member of the 2008 Olympics U.S. Women's foil team.[1] She is best known for helping win the team foil silver medal for the U.S. at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, along with teammates Erinn Smart and Hanna Thompson.

Emily Cross
Personal information
Full nameEmily Ruth Cross
BornOctober 15, 1986 (1986-10-15) (age 32)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Spouse(s)Matt Allen (2018-present)
College teamHarvard University
ClubMetropolis Fencing Club; NY Fencers Club
Coached byMichael Petin

Born in Seattle, Washington, Cross attended the Brearley School in New York City and fenced first at Metropolis Fencing Club and then at the NY Fencers Club. Her coach is Michael Petin.

She graduated from Harvard College (Bachelor's Degree in Biology) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently a pediatrics resident at Boston Children's Hospital.

At Harvard she was Academic All-Ivy League in 2004-05, and 2005-06. [2] She was also a co-recipient of the Radcliffe Prize as Harvard's top female athlete, and as its top female scholar-athlete she received the Harvard-Radcliffe Foundation for Women's Athletics Prize.[3]

In 2001 she won a bronze medal at the USA Fencing National Championships (Division I). She won a silver medal at the 2003 Pan American Games. In 2004, she won gold medals in both the U19 Foil and U19 Epee at the USA Fencing National Championships. In 2005, she won gold medals at the Junior World Championships, NCAA Championships (Individual; the first Harvard and fifth Ivy woman to win an NCAA fencing title),[3] and USA Fencing National Championships (both Division I and U19). In 2006, she won gold medals at the NCAA Championships (Team) and the Junior World Championships (Team). In 2007, she won a bronze medal in the Pan American Championships. In 2008, in addition to her Olympic performance, she won a gold medal at the Pan American Championships.[2]


Cross competed in her first national tournament at age 11.


Cross has stated that her favorite person to fence is Italian foil superstar Giovanna Trillini.[4]


  • Cross Helps Americans to Surprise Silver
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Emily Cross". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2015-10-02.