IST alumnus earns silver medal in Beijing

September 16, 2008

Years of training and dedication paid off for IST alumnus Adam Wiercioch when he took home a silver medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Wiercioch was part of the Polish team that earned second place in the men’s épée fencing event.

"It was an honor to compete in the Olympics and an amazing feeling to be up there on the medal stand with my teammates,” he said. “It definitely made all of my training and worth it."

Wiercioch began fencing at age 11 after seeing a presentation at school in his school in Gliwice, Poland. He spent four years on the Nittany Lion fencing team, earning All-American distinction each year, and returned to Europe after graduation to continue fencing and further his education.

Wiercioch moved to Paris to pursue a master's degree. He then took a position as an IT analyst at Veolia Energy in Warsaw, Poland. In March, he took a leave of absence to focus on training and qualifying for the Olympics.

"Competing in the Olympics is a living example of the goal of the Penn State athletic department, which always emphasized that student athletes should excel both on the field and in classes," he said. "I keep living that way after graduating from Penn State."

  • Adam Wiercioch (IST '04) won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

    IMAGE: Adam Wiercioch
Last Updated November 18, 2010