London calling for Lee Kiefer

Olympic-bound fencer developed taste for the sport in her family's dining room

Updated: May 1, 2012, 8:22 AM ET
By Walter Villa | ESPNHS.com

When the three Kiefer kids were little, their dining room in Lexington, Ky., was converted into a mini fencing club.

Their father, Steve, who had been the fencing captain at Duke University in the mid-1980s, taught his daughters, Alex and Lee, and son, Axel, the sport's fundamentals.

"In the beginning, I hated fencing," said Lee Kiefer, who was just 5 at the time. "It was so hard, and the equipment was so heavy. I couldn't carry my fencing bag for the first year I fenced." ...

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