It’s a little surprising we don’t take fencing more seriously because the culture of humankind has been entrenched in battles using swords. Fencing doesn’t have a traditional sword per say, but it’s the closest thing you’re going to get to watching two battle it out by swinging a stick. Unless we bring back the gladiators of ancient Rome, this is the best we’re going to get when it comes to a combat sport using objects.
Not only is fencing exciting and easy to follow but there's also a lot of hotness going around. Before we get into the titillating action of some of these fencing Goddesses, you should know a few things about the sport. The biggest organization is the International Fencing Federation (FIE) and it’s recognized by the International Olympic Committee. Fencing has been an Olympic sport since 1896 but the Olympics aren’t the only time the sport is played.
The World Championships are considered the biggest competition for the sport and the European Championships follow after. They also have seasons and rankings just like other sports. Fencing is broken down into two competitions (individual and team) with three different divisions. The divisions are based on the type of weapons which are foil, sabre, and épée. Rankings are constantly changing due to so many events around the world but one thing is for sure, usually the best rise to the top. We hope you enjoy.
15 Alejandra Benitez - Venezuela
Alejandra Benitez is one of the greatest fencers to come out of Venezuela. She didn’t take up the sport until she was fifteen, which is considered late compared to the other top fencers around the world. Performing in the sabre competition, Benitez has represented her country at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Although she qualified for the games, Benitez came up short in the medal department.
While fencing, Benitez also took to politics in her country. Not only did she become Minister of Sports under Nicolas Maduro in 2013, she also stood as honor guard at Hugo Chavez's funeral. At 36 years old, Benitez still plays the sport while being involved in her foundation that helps the underprivileged in her home community.
14 Elisa Di Francisca - Italy
Elisa Di Francisca isn’t just one of the top fencers in the world, she also has worked in the modeling business. It seemed like fate would dictate Francisca’s path in life as she was born in the town of Jesi, which so happens to have listed fencing as the town’s national sport. After giving up ballet, the beautiful Italian native took up fencing with her siblings.
It didn’t take long for the family to learn who the best at fencing was. She would get her big break on the international level during the 2003-’04 season of the Fencing World Cup. Since then, she’s been a mainstay at the top level of the sport. She would become a three-time European champion, 2010 World champion and gold medalist at the 2012 Summer Games.
13 Nzingha Prescod - USA
Nzingha Prescod is one of the bright young stars in the United States today. At 24 years old, she’s already won a bronze medal at the 2015 World Fencing Championships. The foil fencer also participated in the individual foil event of the 2012 Summer Olympics. Although she was defeated in the table of 32 by Hungary’s Aida Mohamed, the strides she made to get to the international level can’t be ignored.
Not only is she an Olympian, she was competing while attending Columbia University. With brains, beauty and athletic ability, the Brooklyn native can be considered a perfect ten on the dating scale. Currently ranked numer 18 in the world, Prescod isn’t even in her prime yet and could be representing the United States for a long time.
12 Inna Brovko - Ukraine
Hailing from Ukraine, the beautiful 20-year-old is starting to make a name for herself on the international level. It’s remarkable at such a young age she can be so talented with an épée. How can you not like her sun-kissed dirty blonde hair, petite frame, and beautiful eyes? Judging by her records, all she needs is a little consistency and she'll become a top player for years to come.
In her last two competitions which were held in Bulgaria, she placed second and 58 respectively. Currently, Brovko is ranked 152 by the FIE which is over 200 spots higher than what she had been ranked a little over a year ago. It wouldn’t be a surprise in a few years to see her on the top of the ranking board.
11 Yana Egorian - Russia
Yana Egorian seems to be the best female fencer in the entire galaxy and her looks just add to the epic awesomeness of it. Go to her career page at the FIE website and you’ll notice a lot of gold on the page. The Russian native started fencing at the age of six and would become an international name in 2009 when she won a silver medal at the European Cadet Championships.
She was on the pathway to becoming an Olympian and reached that goal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She would win the gold medal in the sabre for both the individual and team competitions. At just 23 years old, she’s already considered a once in a lifetime talent. Did we forget to mention she also looks extremely hot in a bikini?
10 Ines Boubakri - Tunisia
The Tunisia native is as beautiful as she is graceful with a foil. Looking at the image, you can tell she knows how to wield her stunning looks around a camera. Coached by Yann Detienne, Boubakri has performed at the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Summer Olympic Games. In 2008, she competed in the women’s individual foil event but couldn’t escape the preliminary round. She fared much better in 2012, reaching the quarterfinal match before losing to Valentina Vezzali, a three-time Olympic champion.
Ever hear the saying, “Third time is the charm?” At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, she won the bronze medal and became the first Tunisian fencer ever to win an Olympic medal. Currently ranked seventh in the world rankings of the FIE, the 28-year-old star has a lot going for her.
9 Erika Kirpu - Estonia
Erika Kirpu was born in Russia in 1992 but these days she represents Estonia on the international circuit. The épée wielding Goddess isn’t just good looking but she’s also a total boss when it comes to fencing. She would win the bronze medal in the individual épée competition at the 2014 World Fencing Championships.
Kirpu would also help her team capture gold medals in the 2013 and 2016 European Fencing Championships. Named 2014 Best Estonian Female Athlete, Kirpu is a name to watch these days and could be one of the top stars in the sport for a long time. Recently, Kirpu was ranked 28th by the FIE and won a bronze medal in the individual competition in May. Competing since 2004, Kirpu isn’t leaving the sport anytime soon and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
8 Lee Kiefer - USA
It’s an absolute tragedy this beautiful woman doesn’t get more recognition on the main stream sports networks in the United States. Lee Kiefer is deadly with a foil, so deadly, she became the number one female fencer in the world rankings of the FIE in March. Just let that sink in, at 23 years old, Kiefer is one of the best women’s fencers in the world and you won’t hear one word about it on ESPN or Fox Sports. What’s even makes this more impressive is she’s the first American woman to hold that rank.
The Notre Dame student became the first ranked female fencer in the world when she won the Long Beach Grand Prix in 2017, however, she just lost the number one spot to another female on this list, Yana Egorian in May. Who needs ESPN to tell you about beautiful women that also are beasts at the sport they play when you have TheSportster?
7 Ysaora Thibus - France
At just 25 years old, Ysaora Thibus has failed to win a medal at the Olympic Games but has been successful at the World Championships. Representing France, Thibus would first make her mark on the international stage when she won a silver medal in team foil at the 2012 European Fencing Championships in Italy. Thibus would compete at both the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics but failed to make a big splash for her country.
Her life as a fencer almost didn’t come to be as her brother was originally intended to take fencing classes but it turned out she was better suited for the sport. Currently, Thibus is placed fifth in the world rankings of the FIE and a third Olympic appearance is most likely going to happen.
6 Sylwia Gruchala - Poland
Even at 35 years old, Sylwia Gruchala is still one of the hottest female fencers in the world. Performing in the foil competition, the Polish native has racked up a lot of medals over the years for her country. In the World Championships, she won medals in 1998 (bronze), 1999 (silver), 2002 (silver), 2003 (gold) and 2007 (gold).
The icing on the cake in her career was winning medals at the 2000 (silver) and 2004 (bronze) Olympic Summer Games. You may think she is delicate but we’re here to tell you she was a soldier in the 3rd Command Support Battalion of the Polish Land Forces stationed in Warsaw. If you need further proof of her hotness, she did pose in an adult magazine in 2009 and the photos are online.
5 Paola Pliego - Mexico
At just 22 years old, Paola Pliego is representing her home country of Mexico beautifully. In her most recent competition to date, she placed first in Montreal in a Zone Championship competition. The FIE has her placed at 36 in the world rankings due to the recent gold medal victory and we can only see her moving up from there.
Pliego would take up fencing at the age of four after watching a fencing scene in a movie. After destroying the national competition as a teenager, Pliego started training with the best of the best at the Oregon Fencing Alliance. Her accomplishments include a first place victory in the 2013-’14 Fencing World Cup in the junior division and winning the bronze at the 2015 Pan American Championships. Mexico is known for their soccer but Pliego could change that.
4 Adrienne Jarocki - USA
Not only is she athletically gifted, Adrienne Jarocki also has the smarts to attend Harvard. Quite the combination for the 21-year-old fencing prodigy. Since representing Harvard in 2013, Jarocki has earned countless accolades for the Ivy League Institution. Before Harvard, she represented the United States as a member of the Junior National Team.
The New York native has been on a hiatus from the international scene recently, most likely due to her finishing up her school work at Harvard. With the amount of talent she has, it’s a no brainer for her to continue her success in fencing. With the amount of success and admiration she has received from the fencing community, we hope we can see her represent the United States at the 2020 Olympic Games.
3 Olga Kharlan - Ukraine
Still only 26, the Ukrainian already has quite the resume and among the most impressive out of all of the females featured on this list. The fencer recently picked up a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. If you though that was impressive, her two World Championships also speak for themselves. The Ukrainian is quite the fencer as you can see.
Along with her love for the sport, Olga also has quite the political background believe it or not. Along with her fencing career, Olga is also pursuing a career in the political realm. It seems quite evident that she's got both the brains and the bronze to back it up. Like some of the others featured on the list, you can follow her journey through social media platforms such as Instagram.
2 Rossella Fiamingo - Italy
You see this beautiful Italian lady walk up to you on the beach, the last thing you’re thinking is she could tear you to shreds with a sword. Italian women are hot and Rossella Fiamingo just proves that stereotype is correct. After dabbling in ballet and rhythmic gymnastics, Fiamingo found her calling in fencing when her father pushed her in that direction.
As a young teenager in 2004, she was selected into the cadet Italian national team and by 2011 she had won several medals at major competitions. She would join the national team that year and has been involved at the biggest stage of them all ever since. At just 25 years old and already having World Title wins under her belt, Fiamingo will be around the sport for a while.
1 Natalie Vie - USA
If anyone stands out as a model on this list it’s definitely Natalie Vie. You can get lost in her looks and the next thing you know she’s hitting you in the chest with an épée. Born in Long Beach, California, she didn’t find fencing until she was 18 years old. After destroying the competition at Arizona State University, she moved onto bigger and better competition in the world.
She would represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games. At one point in her career, she was one of the best females in the épée. Currently, the 31-year-old is ranked 140 in the FIE and placed 29th in her last competition in May. She may not be as good as she once was but she’s number one in our book.