Last NameSportCountryYear Inducted

Sport: Fencing
Inducted: 1993
Country: United States
Born: February 12, 1921in New York, New York
Died: February 24, 2004

Albert Axelrod is America’s most enduring fencing champion. Ranked number one in the United States in 1955, 1958, 1960, and 1970, and number two nine times, his bronze medal in Individual Foil competition at the 1960 Olympic Games was only the fourth Olympic fencing medal ever won by an American.

Axelrod was a member of five consecutive U.S. Olympic Teams—1952 through 1968—and was ranked in the U.S. Top Ten for 22 years, 1942 to 1970, missing three of those years in military service. Five times his team won the National Foil Team Championship (1940, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1958), and five times his team captured the National Three-Weapon team crown (1949, 1952, 1954, 1962, 1963).

He was also a member of four United States World Championship teams—best finish fifth in 1958—and four U.S. Pan American Games teams, winning three team gold medals and one silver medal, and four silver medals in Individual Foil. In 1948, he was U.S. Intercollegiate Foil Champion and led the City College of New York (CCNY) to the National Team Foil Championship.

Axelrod competed in six World Maccabiah Games beginning in 1957, winning numerous gold and silver medals in both foil and sabre competition.
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