The dominant men’s foilist of the last decade, Nick Bravin garnered four national titles in the 90’s, winning in 1991, 1992, 1994, and 1996, while taking 2nd place in 1995 and 1999. He fenced on the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Teams. He was on the World Championship Teams of 1991, ’93, ’94, and ’95. He was on the Pan American Team in 1991 and ’95, garnering two team Silver Medals as well as two individual Bronzes. As a collegian, he was three times NCAA foil champion for Stanford University (1990, ’92, and ’93).
When it comes to wielding steel, Nick Bravin ranks among the best with a sword in North America. The Los Angeles native is a four-time U.S. National Champion, a three-time NCAA National Champion, and a two-time U.S. Olympian.
In international competition Bravin was a two-time silver and two-time bronze medalist at the Pan-American Games, and Pan-American Fencing Champion as both a junior and a senior.
Five times as a senior and four times as a junior, Bravin was the nation’s No. 1 ranked fencer, earning him berths on myriad international teams – including four World Championship teams and two World University Games teams. Bravin was a staple on the U.S. National Team for his entire career.
As a collegian, Bravin amassed a near-invincible record of 208 victories and only 5 defeats enroute to three NCAA National titles and four All-America awards while fencing at Stanford University.
After a three-year hiatus following the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Bravin briefly returned to competition in 1999 – falling one touch short of earning his fifth U.S. National Championship. His final U.S. National title came in 1996 as he defeated fellow Jewish Olympian Cliff Bayer.
Born May 28, 1971 in Los Angeles, Bravin fenced at the Westside Fencing Center, attended Stanford and then Columbia Law School.
Nick Bravin, 2nd place Pan Am Games Havana
Photo By Carl Borack
Nick Bravin and Katy Couric at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics