ABOUT Monica Aksamit
2016 Rio Olympic Fencing Bronze Medalist & 2020 Tokyo Olympic Hopeful
Monica Aksamit is an American fencer who helped Team USA win a Bronze Medal in the Women’s Saber Team event at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Monica is a 2020 NAC Gold Medalist, 2019 Pan American Games Gold Medalist and 2018 & 2017 Pan American Championships Gold Medalist.
Fencing is one of only 4 sports to have been on every modern Olympic program since 1896. There are three forms of modern fencing, each using a different kind of weapon. Monica specializes in women’s saber and she is targeting both individual and team qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics – where she hopes to bring home Olympic Gold. In January 2020, Monica earned a gold medal at the USA Fencing North American Cup (NAC) in Charlotte, NC. This is an Olympic qualifying series so Monica’s early 2020 win reflects her preparation and solid position heading into Tokyo.
Monica was born in New York, but she has Polish roots, spent part of her childhood in Poland, and learned to read, write and speak Polish. Monica began fencing at age 9. As an 18-year old, Monica won team silver at the 2008 Junior World Championships and she is a three-time All-American. Monica balances strength/gym training in NJ with commutes to New York City for fencing practice at the Manhattan Fencing Center. Monica is a business-savvy graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a degree in kinesiology and competed on a fencing scholarship.
Monica enjoys traveling the globe to compete and she is passionate about fitness and wellness. She embodies the elegance and strength of sport. At 6’ tall, Monica’s glamorous presence, classic all-American style and flare for fashion has helped spur extensive fan support and media interest in the niche sport of fencing. Monica uses her 100K+ robust social media presence to engage fans, promoting women in sport and animal rescue.
She is currently training to qualify for her U.S. Olympic Fencing Team, both individual and team, events, focused on returning to the sport's biggest stage, the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
- 2020 NAC Gold Medalist, Charlotte, NC
- 2019 Gold Medalist, Pan American Games, Lima, Peru
- 2018, 2017, 2016 Gold Medalist, Women’s Saber Team event, Pan American Championships
- 2016 Bronze Medalist, Women’s Saber Team event, Rio Olympics
- 5x USA Fencing World Championship Team Member
- 2x NCAA Team Champion
- 3x NCAA All American for Penn State University