New Jersey native to represent the Garden State on Team USA fencing team

After a year delay, an injury and a bout with COVID-19, Dagmara Wozniak says that she was overcome with gratitude when she officially clinched her spot on the Olympic fencing team.

News 12 Staff

Jun 24, 2021, 12:58 AM

Updated 1,028 days ago

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It is officially one month until the beginning of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
After a year delay, an injury and a bout with COVID-19, Dagmara Wozniak says that she was overcome with gratitude when she officially clinched her spot on the Olympic fencing team.
“I don’t know if this is my last Olympics or if I have another one in me, but just being at a point of gratitude and reflection and I have to give myself credit for what I’ve accomplished,” Wozniak says.
The Avenel native is heading to her fourth Olympics for Women’s Saber. She won a team bronze medal in Rio in 2016, finished eight as an individual in London in 2012 and was a replacement athlete in Beijing in 2008.
While Wozniak is no stranger to the Olympic experience, she says that this year will be different.
“My family can’t come and the Team USA house where you can meet up with friends and celebrate Olympic medals together is not going to be around. So it’s looking very different,” she says.
Five years ago USA Fencing had one of its most successful Olympic performances, bringing home a total of four medals.
“I like to say that we have the team with the most heart. The preparation level has done so much in terms of mental preparation level for this team. So I’m really looking forward to seeing what everybody does and I think we have really high hopes,” Wozniak says.
Wozniak leaves for Japan on July 13. She says that she is hopeful that Team USA will earn even more medals this time around.
“It's an amazing experience to go out and be an ambassador for the country, the sport, the state and just living in the moment and hoping I come home with some hardware so I can bring a buddy home for my bronze medal,” she says.
The Olympic games begin on July 23.


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