Two Penn Staters earn medals at Rio Olympic Games

August 15, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Two Penn Staters have earned medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Former Penn State All-American fencer Miles Chamley-Watson helped the U.S. men's foil team earn a bronze medal on Aug. 12, the first Olympic medal for the team since the 1932 squad also won a bronze. Chamley-Watson won all three of his bouts in the semifinals versus Russia by a combined score of 24-12. He competed in two bouts in the bronze medal match against Italy, helping the U.S. win 45-31.

Former Penn State All-American fencer Monica Aksamit also helped the U.S. women's saber team earn a bronze medal on Aug. 13. She is the first member of the women's fencing team to win an Olympic medal for the United States.

The two fencers' medals are the University's 30th and 31st Olympic medals by Penn State student-athletes.

Penn State has a school record contingent of 25 people at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, including 17 competitors, three coaches and five alternates. The Nittany Lions have had a total of 109 student-athlete Olympians all-time.

Last Updated August 26, 2016