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Race Imboden is a fencer competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Though he's competed full-time on the senior circuit for just two seasons, Race Imboden has already established himself as Team U.S.A.'s highest ranked male fencer across all three disciplines. At the 2011 World Championships Imboden won three matches, among them a semifinal victory over three-time world champion Peter Joppich. Though he would lose in the quarterfinals to France's Victor Sintes, 15-11, Imboden threw his name up among the sports' best. His standing as a must-know-fencer was solidified when he took home gold at the Paris Foil World Cup in January, becoming the first ever American to do so at the event.

Imboden started fencing 'officially' when he was 10 years old. Prior to picking up a regulation fencing weapon, young Race would make swords out of anything he could find. Says Imboden, "We were at a playground and someone came up to my parents and said that I was always playing with fake swords and I should take up fencing. So I started badgering my parents about it. This was in Atlanta when I first started, and I had maybe one class. When we moved to New York it just so happened that there was fencing club right across the street from our apartment, and I've been fencing ever since."

When Imdoden lived in Tampa he was a state champion in his division for BMX biking. Though he doesn't race competitively anymore, he continues to use a road bike that he rides to the club, at least when the weather permits. As for other forms of transportation, if Imboden doesn't ride his bike he'll hop on the subway. Being a New York city native, he still hasn't gotten his driver's license.

Like most elite athletes, Race has a pre-match routine. Says Imboden, "I always have my headphones on; always in my own zone. Over the years I've learned to be more open to things going on. I listen to a lot of rap when I warm up. But it changes constantly; I try to keep it fresh for every competition." If anyone knows about music it should Imboden, who twice a week interns for indie record label Fool's Gold and loves to DJ.

People that meet Race for the first time usually ask the same question within five minutes of their introduction: "Where does the name Race come from?" Says Imboden, "My name comes from an old cartoon called Race Bannon and Johnny Quest. My dad watched it so he just told me that he liked the name. My full name is Race Alec Reed Imboden."

When he first started fencing Imboden would always eat pasta before competitions and had a few other specific quirks. That started changing as his international schedule grew. "Originally I was more superstitious, but when you start traveling to stranger and stranger countries you realize the fewer things that you need to have happen the better." Though he no longer considers himself superstitious, whenever he has the opportunity he'll switch the tip of his foil. Since the tips can get worn down and thus become less likely to register a touch, it's a practical habit to have.

Talk to anyone that knows Race Imboden and one of the first things they'll mention is how much he loves America. He owns an American flag iPhone case, wears red-white-and-blue whenever he has the chance to and insisted that an American flag be put up in his fencing club.

Olympic foil fencer Race Imboden has been profiled on "Prodigies," a documentary series from @radical.media's THNKR YouTube Channel. The series showcases the youngest and brightest as they challenge themselves to reach new heights. Race's portrait details everything from his rigorous training regimen to his personal motivations, to how he learned to harness his emotions and climb from virtual obscurity to become America's top-ranked fencer.


How tall is Race Imboden? How old is Race Imboden? Where does Race Imboden live? Find out here.

Age: 23 years old
Birthday: April 17, 1993
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 154 lbs.
Full Name / Real Name: Race Alec Reed Imboden
Birthplace: Tampa, FL
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Current Residence: Brooklyn, NY

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