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Aug 4, 2021

Host Rekaya Gibson honors Ruth White, the first African American to win a U.S. Fencing Championship (1969). She was the first American to win a medal at the Junior World Championships. White also became the first African American woman to represent the U.S. in fencing at the Olympics.  #KeepItSporty

Mentioned in this episode:


Lajos Csiszar (“The Maestro”), University of Pennsylvania

USA Fencing Hall of Fame -

New York University School of Medicine -


Henneman, K. (2017, February 27). Olympian Ruth White Found Freedom in Fencing. USA Fencing.

MADmen. (2021). Ruth White. Olympedia.

New York Times. (1972, March 5). Miss White, Fencing Standout, Bidding for an Olympic Berth. The New York Times Archives, Section S, page 28.

Nichols, D. (2019, July 1). The Woman in the Center. West Coast Fencing Archive.

Wikipedia contributors. (2021, April 16). Ruth White (fencer). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

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