Mario Rodriguez (fencer)

Mario Rodriguez (born 1959), is an American wheelchair fencer.

Mario Rodriguez
Retired U.S. Airman Mario Rodriguez waits for a fencing match to begin at the Paralympic Games in London Sept 120904-F-FD742-248.jpg
Personal information
Born1959 (age 61–62)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Medal record
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Austin World Cup Men's épée fencing
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Madrid World Cup Men's sabre fencing
Gold medal – first place 2011 Parapan American Games Men's foil fencing


Rodriguez was born in Houston, Texas. In 1985 a low speed motorcycle accident revealed a malignant tumor in his right hip resulting in resection, removal, and reconstruction that ultimately failed ending in eventual amputation of his right hip & leg or hip-disarticulation/semi-hemipelvectomy in April, 1992.[1][2] In 2002 and 2003 respectively he won 3 bronze medals in three different world cups in men's category A foil in Austin, Texas, United States; Madrid, Spain; and Warsaw, Poland. In 2010 he was a gold medalist at the North American Cup for sabre and in 2011 won another gold for foil at the Parapan American Games.[1] Before he became a paralympian he served as a representative of the United States Air Force as a Russian translator in Crete for four years.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Mario Rodriguez". Team USA. United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Air Force Veteran Shares Wisdom With Young Paralympians". United States Department of Defense. Archived from the original on July 21, 2010. Retrieved March 22, 2014.