Canada's only male fencer at the 2000 Olympics, Laurie Shong has overcome
many obstacles to remain a versatile and talented athlete. In 1993, he was
nearly killed in an automobile accident but cameback at the 1994
Commonwealth Championships to win gold in men's epee. He received the
Harry Jerome Comeback Award that year for his performances. A former
nationally-ranked swimmer, Shong was the first Canadian athlete to compete
in two sports at one Olympics. At the 1992 Barcelona Games he participated
in fencing and modern pentathlon an event which combines five unrelated
sports: fencing, swimming, shooting, show jumping and running. In 1988 he
won gold at the 1988 World Cadet Championships, the first Canadian fencer
to receive a world champion title.
In the past year he has won the bronze medal at the Pan Am Games and posted
two top-10 World Cup results including third place in Bogota, Colombia. He
works as an actor and model to help with training expenses.
Laurie Shong, Vancouver, def. David Nathan, Australia, 15-8 in first round, lost 14-13 to Attila Fekete, Hungary, in round of 32, eliminated.
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