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Nikki Franke, a fencing legend

Updated: February 26, 2011, 6:09 PM ET
By Donald Hunt | ESPN.com

It's amazing the impact a sport can have on your life. Fencing has been a big part of Nikki Franke's life for more than 40 years. The sport has taken Franke, who grew up in Harlem, N.Y., in the 1960s, all over the world as an Olympic athlete.

Fencing provided her an opportunity to receive a good education. The sport has also given her a chance to have a long and distinguished career as the women's fencing coach at Temple. In her 38th season as the Owls' coach, Franke has ...

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