COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior foilist Eleanor Harvey has secured a spot to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for her home country. She grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, and will compete for Canada at the games. She was just ten years old when she set the goal to one day compete at the Olympics, and Harvey says her Olympic dream would not be possible if not for the support of her family.
“Name a sacrifice a family made for their kids, they probably made it for me,” said Harvey.
When her mother realized her talent at a very young age, she sold their house and moved to an apartment in order to afford her fencing tournaments.
“Sometimes I feel bad for the sacrifices she made, but I don’t anymore because she doesn’t want that, and I know she doesn’t and that would somehow take away from what she’s given me if I didn’t appreciate that”, said Harvey.
Her grandmother also played a huge role in Harvey’s success as a young fencer. She drove her to all her fencing tournaments around Canada and the United States, and attended international events with her as well.
Harvey is currently twenty-one years of age and stands one of the youngest fencers competing in Rio.
“I definitely feel like an under-dog, but that’s a good thing…I just want to enjoy the excitement of it all and not let any pressure ruin that,” Harvey said.