Emily Cross to be Inducted Into USA Fencing Hall of Fame

Emily Cross to be Inducted Into USA Fencing Hall of Fame

Emily Cross helped Team USA win the silver medal in the women's team foil in the 2008 Beijing Olympics (Ivy League Athletics).

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Former Harvard women's fencing standout Emily Cross '08-09 is among six members to be inducted into the USA Fencing Hall of Fame, it was announced this week.

Nominated by the Hall of Fame Committee, the ballot included six Olympians vying for four athlete slots and four individuals in contention for two positions in the category for coaches, administrators and those who have given service to the sport. 

The six inductees will be recognized during a ceremony in 2016.  

"In the 15 years that I have been the coach at Harvard, Emily Cross was the most dominating performer, both as an individual and as an inspirational team leader to the program," said Harvard head coach Peter Brand.

Now a medical student at Penn, former NCAA champion Emily Cross helped the U.S. Women's Foil Team win its first Olympic medal in history in Beijing, as the squad captured the silver.

A two-time Academic All-America selection, Cross, a 2009 graduate with a degree in biology, garnered three selections to the All-America and All-Ivy League teams.  Cross was a co-recipient of the Radcliffe Prize as Harvard's top female athlete. She was also honored as the top female scholar-athlete, receiving the Harvard-Radcliffe Foundation for Women's Athletics Prize.

In 2005, Cross won a national individual title, becoming the first Harvard and fifth Ivy woman to achieve that distinction. The following season, Cross was named to the Academic All-America third team after helping Harvard win the NCAA team championship and placing third individually in the foil.