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Nzingha Prescod

HOMETOWN: Brooklyn, N.Y.

BIRTH DATE: Aug. 14, 1992

OLYMPIC TEAMS: 2012

Event: Foil
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 135 lbs.
Birthplace: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Education: Bachelor's degree in political science with a concentration in race and ethnicity from Columbia University (2015)
Club: Peter Westbrook Foundation
Coach: Buckie Leach
Current U.S. Ranking: No. 2
Current World Ranking: No. 10
Honors:

  • Two-time First-Team All-Ivy (2011, 2013)
  • Ivy League Rookie of the Year (2011) 
  • First African American woman to win an individual medal at the Senior World Championships (2015)
  • First U.S. women's foil fencer to win a Grand Prix title (2013, Marseilles) 

Olympic Teams: 2016, 2012
Senior World Championships Teams: 2016, 2015 (Bronze), 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009
Pan American Games Teams: 2011 (Gold - Team, Silver - Individual)
Junior World Championship Teams: 2012 (Silver - Team), 2011 (Gold - Individual, Silver - Team), 2010, 2009 (Gold - Team)
Cadet World Championships: 2009 (Gold), 2008 (Gold), 2007

Personal: Prescod is a Brooklyn native and 2012 Olympian in her third year at Columbia University. Prescod hails from the well-regarded Peter Westbrook Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing the art of fencing to the inner-city youth of New York, where she has been fencing since she was nine years old. A graduate of New York City's highly acclaimed Stuyvesant High School, she has always dedicated her time to dually excelling in school and fencing. She currently is majoring in political science and doing a concentration in the Race and Ethnicity department, seeking to pursue a career in policy work.

Prescod displayed an extraordinary talent for the sport at a very young age, winning her first Youth 10 national competition in 2003. By the age of 15, Prescod was ranked in the top five of the Senior division, among the nation's elite and Olympic women's foilists. In the same year, 2008, Prescod won her first Cadet (under-17) World Championship and followed up the next year with her second World Championship title. In 2011, she continued her dominance on the world stage with another World Championship win in the Junior (under-20) category. That same year, Prescod was also featured in Essence magazine as part of the Work & Wealth Power List, with First Lady Michelle Obama gracing the cover. 

After qualifying for six consecutive Cadet/Junior World Championship teams, and three consecutive Senior teams, she concluded her final year in Junior on the 2012 Olympic Team at the age of 19. Entering the Olympics as 16th seed, she fell in the round of 32 to five-time World Championship medalist, Aida Mohamed, finishing 22nd. In the team event she helped lead the American team to a 6th place finish.

Since London, Prescod has continued to hone her skills and climb up the world rankings, making history in 2015 as the first African-American woman ever to win an individual medal at the Senior World Championships when she took bronze and established herself as a podium contender for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Recent Competition History

2016:

  • Bronze - Algiers World Cup (Team)
  • Fifth - Algiers World Cup (Individual)
  • 18th - Gdansk World Cup 
  • 34th - Havana Grand Prix 

2015:

  • Gold - Pan American Championships (Team)
  • Silver - Gdansk World Cup (Team)
  • Bronze - Senior World Championships (Individual)
  • Bronze - Cancun World Cup (Team)
  • Fourth - Algers World Cup (Team) 
  • Fifth - Pan American Championships (Individual)
  • Fifth - Tauberbischofsheim World Cup (Team)
  • Sixth - Senior World Championships (Team)
  • Sixth - Cancun World Cup (Individual)
  • Sixth - St. Maur World Cup (Team)
  • Seventh - Havana Grand Prix 
  • Seventh - Gdansk World Cup (Individual) 
  • 11th - Tauberbischofsheim World Cup (Individual)
  • 17th - St. Maur World Cup 
  • 13th - Shanghai Grand Prix 
  • 33rd - Torino Grand Prix
  • 34th - Algers World Cup (Individual) 

2014:

  • Gold - Pan American Championships (Team)
  • Silver - Gdansk Grand Prix
  • Bronze - Pan American Championships (Individual)
  • Fifth - Torino World Cup (Individual)
  • Fifth - January North American Cup (Division I)
  • Seventh - Senior World Championships (Team)
  • Seventh - July North American Cup (Division I)
  • Ninth - Torino World Cup (Team)
  • 10th - Seoul Grand Prix
  • 17th - Shanghai World Cup 
  • 18th - Marseille Grand Prix 
  • 18th - Tauberbischofsheim World Cup
  • 19th - Senior World Championships (Individual)

2013:

  • Gold - Marseille Grand Prix
  • Gold - USA Fencing National Championships (Division I)
  • Fourth - Tauberbischofsheim World Cup (Team)
  • Fifth - Tauberbischofsheim World Cup (Individual)
  • Ninth - Shanghai World Cup 
  • 10th - Torino World Cup (Individual)
  • 12th - St. Petersburg World Cup
  • 19th - Seoul Grand Prix

2012:

  • Gold - Pan American Championships (Team)
  • Gold - December North American Cup (Division I)
  • Silver - Junior World Championships (Team)
  • Bronze - Pan American Championships (Individual)
  • Sixth - Olympic Games (Team)
  • Sixth - November North American Cup (Division I)
  • Sixth - November North American Cup (Division I)
  • 12th - Shanghai World Cup
  • 13th - Seoul Grand Prix 
  • 22nd - Olympic Games (Individual)

2011:

  • Gold - Junior World Championships (Individual)
  • Gold - Pan American Championships (Team)
  • Gold - Pan American Games (Team)
  • Silver - Junior World Championships (Team)
  • Bronze - Pan American Championships (Individual)
  • Seventh - Senior World Championships (Team)
  • 19th - Senior World Championships (Individual)

2010:

  • Gold - Pan American Championships (Team)
  • Fourth - Junior World Championships (Team) 
  • Eighth - Senior World Championships (Team)
  • 11th - New York World Cup
  • 12th - Junior World Championships (Individual)
  • 13th - Pan American Championships (Individual)
  • 24th - Seoul Grand Prix
  • 32nd - Senior World Championships (Individual)
  • 52nd - Shanghai World Cup
  • 60th - Torino Grand Prix

2009:

  • Gold - Cadet World Championships 
  • Gold - Junior World Championships (Team)
  • Gold - Pan American Championships (Individual)
  • Gold - Pan American Championships (Team)
  • Seventh - Senior World Championships (Team)
  • Eighth - Junior World Championships (Individual)
  • 15th - Gdansk Grand Prix
  • 24th - Seoul Grand Prix
  • 25th - Senior World Championships (Individual)
  • 27th - Dallas World Cup
  • 42nd - Torino World Cup

2008:

  • Gold - Cadet World Championships 
  • Bronze - Las Vegas World Cup 
  • Seventh - Junior World Championships (Team)
  • 23rd - Junior World Championships (Individual)
  • 39th - Leipzig World Cup
  • 49th - Salzbourg World Cup

2007:

  • Eighth - Junior World Championships (Team)
  • 11th - Cadet World Championships  
  • 36th - Junior World Championships (Individual)