Remember the story of American gold medalist fencer Lee Kiefer at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? Well, her husband joined in the medal fun.
Gerek Meinhardt, who is Kiefer’s hubby, captured a bronze medal in the men’s foil fencing competition. Team USA collectively won a bronze and that included Meinhardt, according to a story from People Magazine. He joined fellow fencers Race Imboden, Alex Massialas, and Nick Itkin to bring home a medal.
“So proud!!” Kiefer, 27, wrote on Instagram alongside some celebratory shots with Meinhardt on Sunday. “My man fenced beautifully,” she added on her Instagram Story.
Both Meinhardt and Kiefer are medical students at the University of Kentucky. While Meinhardt’s medal is a team medal, Kiefer’s gold came in the individual competition.
Either way, the couple returns to the United States with medals from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
2020 Tokyo Olympics Became Family Fun With Kiefer Gold, Meinhardt Bronze
“I still don’t feel like it’s real,” Kiefer told “Today” after her win at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “My happiness comes from the joy of my coach and my family at this point.”
Kiefer’s siblings and father are athletes to have been involved in fencing to some degree.
Meinhardt is a three-time Olympic fencer. He won the bronze medal in team foil in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Meinhardt competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and lost in the individual round of 32. But Meinhardt bounced back and ended up winning his bronze medal in the team competition.
Kiefer is a Filipina American and the first Asian American woman to win fencing gold. Kiefer also competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics. She didn’t medal at either competition. But she made up for that in Tokyo. Kiefer’s win was the third gold medal for the U.S. in Tokyo.
After not winning a medal at either Rio or London, Kiefer enrolled in medical school. She found that taking time away from fencing helped her confidence. It ultimately led her to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics team.
Kiefer is the second woman in United States Olympic history to win a gold medal in fencing.
Sightseeing Trip Proved Costly For Two Silver Medalists
“Leaving the Village for the purpose of sightseeing, that is something not to be tolerated,” spokesperson Masa Tayaka said.
According to the briefing, both unnamed athletes violated COVID-19 regulations.
In order to keep the virus from spreading, all people involved in the Olympics must stay within Olympic-associated venues. They cannot use public transportations during the first two weeks after their arrival.
Both athletes were banned from the Olympic competition.