Katharine Holmes

Katharine Holmes (born July 15, 1993) is an American fencer. She competed in the women's épée event at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[1] She is a World Champion in the women’s epee team event (Wuxi, China 2018), which was the first World Championship medal won by an American women’s epee team, defeating Korea in overtime in the finals. She also anchored the United States women’s epee team to its first World Cup gold medal (Dubai 2018), defeating Russia in overtime in the finals. She is the back-to-back gold medalist in both the individual and team events at the Pan American Games in Lima in 2019 and Toronto in 2015. She has qualified and will compete for the United States the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which were rescheduled for 2021.[2]

Katharine Holmes
Born (1993-07-15) July 15, 1993 (age 27)
Washington DC
CountryUnited States
ClubNew York Athletic Club

Holmes fenced for Princeton University from 2011-2014, took two years off to train, qualify and compete in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, then returned to Princeton in 2016, graduating in 2017 magna cum laude with departmental honors. While at Princeton, she was a four-time All American fencer and four-time All Ivy League fencer. She was individual 2017 Ivy League Champion and team Ivy League Champion in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017. She also competed on the team that won Princeton’s first NCAA Fencing Championship in 2013.[3]


  1. ^ "Katharine Holmes". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on August 6, 2016. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  2. ^ Jomantas, Nicole (April 20, 2021). "Road to Tokyo: 21 Questions with Kat Holmes". USA Fencing. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  3. ^ "Katharine Holmes - Women's Fencing". Princeton University Athletics. Retrieved May 5, 2021.

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