Monplaisir, Sharon

Sharon Monplaisir (National Foil Champion, Olympian) graduated from Hunter College where she was taught by Hall of Famer Julia Jones.

Sharon was raised by her single mother in the South Bronx and was introduced to fencing while attending Roosevelt High School.  At 15 years old, she was invited to join the Fencers Club Youth Development Program where she was subsequently awarded a full training scholarship.  Her coaches included Eric Rosenberg, Semyon Pinkhasov, Julia Jones-Pugliese and Aladar Kogler.  Sharon Monplaisir was a member of the U.S. Olympic fencing team in 1984, 1988 and 1992. A U.S. national champion in 1988, Monplaisir was a member of the U.S. World Team for seven years, from 1985 to 1992. She also was a member of the Pan American teams that won the gold medal in 1987 and 1991, and a member of the World University Team in 1983 and 1987. Monplaisir received her BA and competed for Hunter College, and was an NCAA All-America selection in 1983, 1985, 1986, and 1987, as well as NIWFA Champion in 1983 and 1985. In 1984, she was the recipient of the Southland Olympian Award for athletic and academic achievement. Monplaisir received a Women’s Sports Foundation Travel and Training grant in 1990, and was inducted to the Hunter College Hall of Fame in 1991.  Throughout her long, productive athletic career, Sharon has always acted as an impeccable role model and generous mentor to subsequent generations of FC fencers, as well as an elegant, vivacious representative of our sport.

Sharon is married to three-time Olympian Pentathlete Michael Gostigian, is the proud mother of twins Sienna and Gunnar, and currently runs her own business as a personal trainer.  Additionally, she has done extensive professional modeling and been the subject of two books: Sword a Champion: the Story Sharon Monplaisir by Doreen and Michael Greenberg;  Get a gold medal butt  by Gary Guerriero and Mary Leonard with Ron Holland

Below, United States’ foil fencers Dave Littel and Sharon Monplaisir at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.
photo by Carl Borack