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Peter Joppich - Fencing

Peter Joppich - Fencing

Born on December 21, 1982 in Koblenz, Germany, Peter Joppich is a professional foil fencer who will be representing his home nation in this summer’s Olympic Games in London. Joppich isn’t new to the fencing scene by any stretch. He is a multiple winner of national and world titles and is widely considered among the best foil fencers in the world. His Olympic performances have fallen short of expectations, but from 2008 to 2012, Joppich was one of the most improved in his respective sport.

In his late 20s, Peter has plenty of time in his sport of choice. The fact that he’s been so successful at such a young age is just a testament to how talented he truly is as a foil fencer. This year’s Olympic Games will be Joppich’s third opportunity to represent Germany. And whether competing in a team event or an individual event, Peter is one of the best athletes in not only Germany, but in the Olympic Games altogether.

Sporting Career

Peter Joppich picked up fencing at a relatively young age. He was a talented young amateur, but he could never really get over the hump in the 1990s in any type of meaningful event. His first big success came when he was 21 years old; Peter won his first World Championship title in individual foil fencing in 2003. The sudden leap in skill is something that Peter attributes to his coach, former German Olympic Gold medalist Uli Schreck. Uli has been training with Peter for over a decade, and his skills have continued to improve each year.

Joppich had helped his team win gold in the World Championships in 2002, but the 2003 individual title was really the start of a great career. This paved the way for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens. Peter entered his individual competition as a favorite to place, but he ended up missing out on the podium altogether with a disappointing 6th-place finish.

2005 wouldn’t be any kinder to Joppich. He failed to win any meaningful titles this year. However, in 2006, Peter rebounded in a big way. He again won the individual foil title in the World Championships, and also helped his team win silver. He followed this up with the exact same results in 2007, becoming a back-to-back world champion, and again Joppich would enter the Olympics riding a hot streak and favored to win.

However, Beijing would prove to be Peter’s second big letdown in the Olympic Games. After a promising start, he was ultimately defeated and finished in 5th place. Entering the World Championships the very next year, Joppich managed to claim a bronze medal in the men’s foil category, and also another bronze in the 2011 Championships.

Although Peter isn’t raking in the gold as he used to, he is still considered to be one of the best in the world. And he has something to prove on the Olympic stage. In London this summer, the experts are expecting big things from Joppich.

Career Highlights

  • 2002 World Championships – Gold (team)
  • 2003 World Championships – Gold
  • 2006 World Championships – Gold, Silver (team)
  • 2007 World Championships – Gold, Silver (team)
  • 2010 World Championships – Gold (team)
  • 2012 Summer Olympics – Bronze (team)

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