Who Is… Daryl Homer

Bronx native Daryl Homer will make his second Olympic appearance at the Rio Games. Born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Homer moved to New York when he was five years old. He got his start on the fencing piste when he was 11 at the Peter Westbrook Foundation in Midtown Manhattan. Homer enters the Games as the U.S.’s top-ranked men’s sabre fencer. He is currently ranked 10th in the world. 

Sport Beginnings
Daryl Homer first discovered the sport of fencing in a children's dictionary. He shared the pictures of fencers with his mother and asked if he could try the sport. Homer got his start at the Peter Westbrook Foundation and later began training with Olympic coach Yury Gelman. 

Major Competitions
Homer made his Olympic debut at the 2012 London Games where he placed sixth individually and eighth in the team event. In 2013, Homer won individual bronze and team gold at the Pan American Championships. He went on to win team gold at the 2015 Pan American Games and individual silver at the Senior World Championships

Breakout Moment
Homer made his senior debut at the 2009 Senior World Championships where he placed 23rd individually. He returned the following year and placed 12th.

Records Held
In 2015, Homer became the first U.S. man to win a medal in individual sabre at the Senior World Championships. 

Signature skill
Daryl Homer is known for the “flunge” or flying lunge. 

Off the Piste
Daryl Homer’s hobbies include photography, singing, dancing, yoga, and fashion. 

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