Vivo Fencer Profile: Alex House
When did you begin fencing and how did you work your way up the ranks?
I started fencing 8 years ago at age 10 and did my first Summer Nationals at age 11 – Y12ME – where I placed 11th. I fenced one time a week for three months, then two times a week for a year, then three times a week. Now I practice four times a week. I compete in all National Competitions for Junior Men’s Epee and some European competitions as well.
What else do you do to aid in your success?
I started private lessons at age 12 and now take four to five lessons a week. I also started working with my personal trainer, Mike Harb in Arlington, 4 years ago
What was your first national medal?
I won the Silver Medal in Y14ME at the North American Cup in Portland, Oregon in April 2009.
What are your top finishes?
This season, I placed 8th at the Junior World Cup in Goteborg Sweden in February 2013. Along with my third place finish at Junior Olympics, this helped me make the U.S. Junior World Championship team for 2013. This was a long-time goal for me. I fenced at the Junior World Championships in Croatia in April.
What are your college plans?
I’ll be starting at Princeton University in the fall 2013.
What advice do you have for fencers?
Fencing, like any sport, is all about commitment. You get what you put in. I decided early on that this was what I wanted to do, and dedicated myself to achieving my goals. That being said, I’ve also been extremely lucky to be able to work with such talented coaches as Arpi, Ervin and all of my previous coaches.