Lee, Ivan

Ivan Lee –
2001, ’03, ’05, ’06, ’08 Div 1 National Sabre Champion
1999, ’01, ’02, ’03, ’05, ’06, ’08, ’13   Div 1 National Sabre Team Champion
Olympian, Junior World Champion, (Team) and Medalist (Individual) , 3-time US Champion
Olympian, Men’s Individual Saber (12th) and Team Saber (4th), 2004 (The team missed the bronze by one touch.)
Gold Medal,Junior World Championship, (Team), Silver (Individual) Men’s Saber (First African-American male world champion) 2001
Bronze Medal, Junior World Championships, Men’s Individual Saber, 1998
Gold Medal, Pan American Games, Individual and Team Saber, 2003
US Olympic Committee Male Athlete of the Year, 2001

Bronze Medal, Junior World Championships, 2000
Medalist in Junior and Senior World Cups
Ranked as high as 1st in Junior Saber standings
3-time US Senior National Champion, 2003, ’05, ‘06
2-time NCAA Individual Champion (St. John’s), Men’s Saber, 2001, ‘02
NCAA Team Champion, Men’s Saber, 2001
Volunteer Coach, Peter Westbrook Foundation
Fencing Commissioner, Public School Athletic League (PSAL), New York


Ivan Lee was a member of the 2001 U.S. Junior World Sabre team, anchoring the team to its first men’s world title at the 2001 Junior World Championships in Gdansk, Poland, and also becoming the first man of African American descent to win a world fencing championship. He was also a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team in Athens, placing 12th in the individual competition and 4th in the team competition, missing the bronze medal by one point.

Lee graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, New York in 1999, earning a full scholarship to St. John’s University in Queens, New York. At St. John’s, Lee won 2 NCAA individual sabre titles and, along with fellow Olympian and long time clubmate and friend Keeth Smart, led the school to its first Division 1 national championship in 2001. For his accomplishments on the collegiate, national and international levels, he was awarded the USOC’s Male Athlete of the Year Award for fencing in 2001. He went on to take double gold at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo. He graduated in January 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.

After failing to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Team, Lee announced his retirement in 2008, but not before winning his final competition, his 6th U.S. National Championship and 5th on the senior level. He still holds more world championship medals (4) than any American male ever, and he remains the only American male fencer ever to win a Junior Olympic Championship, a National Championship, an NCAA Championship, a World Championship, a Pan American Championship and make an Olympic Team.
Lee began fencing in 1994, at the Peter Westbrook Foundation (PWF). He currently serves as a volunteer instructor for the club’s Saturday morning classes.