Posted by Carly Hillman on November 10, 2011 at 1:08 am
In the fifth and final installment of our Freshman series, Noice brings to you a star athlete. (Previous inductees to the list include: a pole dancer, the National Spelling Bee champion, the Tiger Daughter, and a musician.)
Although this freshman might not exude an air of fame, she is a celebrity in her own niche. World-renowned fencer and Swedish beauty Emma Väggö has already made headlines, and she is now bringing her talent to Harvard. She fenced as a member of the Swedish junior national team, and she was a member of the Swedish Olympic training squad for the 2012 games. In case that isn’t enough, she was also ranked 10th in the world by the International Fencing Federation (yeah…no big deal).
We’ll be honest – fencing is a bit obscure. Personally, the word “fencing” only conjures up images of that fateful scene in The Parent Trap (you know which one I’m talking about). Emma herself admits that, to a spectator who doesn’t understand fencing, it appears as “a bunch of jumping around in bizarre white suits.” However, any layman can appreciate the skill, precision, and athleticism required to master this difficult sport.
With gold medal aspirations, a modest attitude, and undeniable skill, this freshman is bound to leave an impressive legacy.
What has it been like moving to America from Sweden?
It has been a big adjustment, especially not being close to your family. It is pretty bizarre knowing that I am across the ocean from them. America is very different, but I love it here! I’m having the time of my life!
What first sparked your interest in fencing?
My dad was an Olympic fencer so he introduced me to fencing. I guess it kind of runs in the family.
How long have you been fencing?
I have been fencing for 10 years, which feels like my whole life. I can’t imagine not being a fencer.
What has been the highlight of your fencing career?
It was probably when I won my first Junior World Cup in Portugal last year. I had made the podium several times before, but this was the first time I came in first. It was a surreal experience.
Any Olympic aspirations?
Isn’t that every athlete’s dream? If I’m still fencing in 2 years, I’m hoping to go to Rio 2016.
Follow the jump to watch one of her impressive wins at the FIE World Championship!