Mayer, Helene

(1910-1953) – Olympic foil champion for Germany (1928). Emigrated to the U.S. in 1933 and began to fence in the AFLA nationals (then open to foreign entries). AFLA national foil champion (1934, ’35, ’37, ’38, ’39, ’41, ’42, ’46); national outdoor foil champion (1933). Generally considered the greatest woman fencer in history.

A rarely seen film of Helene Mayer fencing.

SF Examiner photo of  (l to r)
Jane Eddy, Helene Mayer, Harriet Helm all of San Francisco at the Commercial Club getting ready to compete in the Fencers’ Carnival to help raise money for the 1939 US Nationals  to be held in San Francisco .   This would be the first time the Nationals were held outside the east coast.