Mariel Zagunis is hoping to continue her record-setting run this summer in London.
Zagunis competes with the sabre, which is one of the three weapons in modern fencing. Unlike epee and foil, you can score points with the edge of the blade, making the movements faster and more aggressive.
Women’s Sabre Fencing was introduced in the 2004 Athens Olympics. After barely qualifying, Zagunis ended up taking home gold. She was the first American to win a gold medal in fencing in 100 years. And Zagunis did it again in Beijing in 2008. In between the Olympics, she has also won two individual World Fencing Championships.
The daughter of two Olympic rowers, Zagunis, a 27-year-old Beaverton native, has been training in the same gym since she was 10.
Arts & Life sits in on an early morning workout with Zagunis as she trains to continue her gold streak.