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Hadley Husisian, Potomac alum, to Fence for the United States in the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics

Hadley describes how she became a star at Princeton and a repeating junior world champion in Épée fencing.
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Hadley competing against a French fencer.

USA Fencing has announced that Potomac’s Hadley Husisian ’22, now a student at Princeton, will represent the United States in the épée competition at the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics.

In fencing, the path to the Olympics is not straightforward. Unlike sports with qualifying events, fencing relies on a complex points system accumulated over a year of competitions. Hadley earned her place on the American team through consistent performances in both domestic and international events.

At Princeton, Hadley was named a 2023 first-team All-Ivy selection, the 2023 Ivy Épée Champion, and a 2022-23 All-American Fencer. She won back-to-back Junior Épée World Championships in 2022 and 2023, making her the first athlete, male or female, to repeat as a Junior Épée World Champion.

Hadley Husisian ’22 after winning the Junior World Championship in Épée in 2023.

Hadley’s fencing journey was inspired by the portrayal of fencing on the Nickelodeon show iCarly which she watched when she was in elementary school. Hadley was drawn to the sport’s elegance and strategy. “I pretty quickly fell in love with it and wanted to devote all my time to it.”

Hadley loves fencing’s individualism. Unlike team sports, fencing places the spotlight solely on the fencer’s performance: “I like having my wins and losses be dependent on my performance,” she stated. As she does not come from an “athletic background,” she enjoys how fencing focuses on the player’s “strategy and style matchup.”

Balancing the rigorous demands of fencing with academics has been a constant challenge. Like many high-level athletes, Hadley faced the dilemma of juggling intense training schedules with school commitments. She decided to take a year off from school to prepare for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The prospect of competing at the Olympics in Paris, the birthplace of fencing, evokes a mix of excitement and nerves for Hadley. “I really haven’t been allowing myself to think about that too much because I didn’t want to jinx things this year,” she admits.

Looking beyond the Olympics, Hadley’s plans include returning to school for her sophomore year. Reflecting on her journey, she takes pride in the hard work and discipline that have brought her to the summit of her sport. Her advice to her younger self echoes a lesson learned through years of perseverance: “Learning how to adjust to losses, use them as motivation, and believe that goals will be achieved with continued effort.”

 

Hadley competing against a Korean fencer at the Women’s Épée World Cup.

 

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Kate Choi
Kate Choi, Editor-in-Chief
Kate Choi is a junior writer for the Current. Prior to her position as Editor-in-Chief, she served as the News Editor. Outside of the newspaper, Kate enjoys baking, running, and spending time with her friends and family.
Jessica Raman
Jessica Raman, Managing Editor
Jessica Raman is the managing editor of the print edition for the Current. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking and getting lost in good books. She also enjoys spending time outside, whether it be on a run or a nice walk. She is a junior at Potomac.