Freddie Woolf and Kendall Day nervously approached Olympic bronze medalist fencer Monica Aksamit between matches at the U.S. Women’s Sabre World Cup this weekend.
Aksamit smiled as the 8-year-old girls from Severna Park asked for her autograph, posed for a picture with her, and then hugged her.
The young fans had to ask: How did Aksamit get into fencing? She gestured to her mother standing nearby, who got her involved as a child.
“They handed me a weapon and said, ‘Hit the other kid,’ ” she said, as the girls giggled. “I was confused, but I said ‘OK.’ And I was pretty good.”
Aksamit and Dagmara Wozniak, who both won bronze medals in the 2016 Rio Olympics, led the...