MBA student Kamali Thompson on a quest to represent U.S. in fencing at 2016 Olympics reported in

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Sunday, October 18, 2015
Teaneck, NJ

En garde, world. If 23-year-old Kamali Thompson continues on the path she has been blazing since she graduated from Teaneck High School in 2008, she’ll have the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics on the blade of her very winning saber.

“At first, I was reluctant because it was so different,” she said. “I was a high school kid, and I just wanted to fit in.”

But after her mother took her to see a demonstration at the Peter Westbrook Foundation, a Manhattan-based organization that is dedicated to teaching fencing to minority and inner-city youngsters who might not even be aware of the sport. After that, Thompson said, she decided to give it a try – “and now I am passionate for fencing,” she added.

She is attending Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick and Rutgers Business School in Newark, aiming for a dual degree in sports medicine and a master’s in business administration, with the intention of someday starting her won sports medicine practice, she said.

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