Filipino-American Mitchell Saron: Olympic Saber Fencer

Filipino-American Mitchell Saron: Olympic-Bound Saber Fence for Paris 2024

Born in Ridgewood, N.J., Mitchell Saron is a Filipino American who secured a prized position on Team USA’s fencing team, a notable achievement in his career.

At 23, he prepares to vie in the Men’s Saber category at the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics, participating in both individual and team competitions.

Mitchel Saron is also a student of Economics and Finance at the prestigious Harvard University.

His journey to the Olympics was paved with victories. He notably secured his place after his fencing team triumphantly performed at the Padua World Cup and the Men’s Saber World Cup in Budapest, Hungary, where they clinched silver and gold medals.


Filipino-American Mitchel Saron Saber Fence and Harvard students, bound for Olympics. (Photo: LinkedIn)

Saron’s fencing prowess isn’t a recent development; he boasts an impressive track record dating back to his early years. Starting at the Bergen Fencing Club and later excelling at the New York Athletic Club under coaches Oleg Stetsiv and Andrew Stetsiv, Saron’s dedication and talent were evident.

His achievements at Harvard include winning the Ivy League Championship and attaining NCAA First Team All-American status.

Saron’s journey isn’t confined to sports; he’s also made strides in finance, with stints at Guggenheim, Moody’s, and in venture capital.

But there’s more to Saron’s story.

His athletic achievements, including two gold medals at the Team Junior Pan American Championships and a Senior National Championship title, are remarkable. Yet, he’s not just about sports, with an above-average SAT score.

Saron embodies the typical Asian trait of excelling both athletically and academically. As he gears up to represent the USA at the Olympics, Saron continues to be an example of how mental and physical discipline is a recipe for success.


Mitchell Saron’s Fencing Highlights

Senior (2022-23):

  • First Team All-Ivy
  • Contributed to Ivy Championships win with a 10-2 record
  • Season record: 48-10

Junior (2021-22):

  • Ivy League Men’s Sabre Champion
  • First Team All-Ivy League
  • Second Team All-America
  • Second Team Northeast All-Region
  • Tournament-high +25-touch differential in Ivy League title win
  • Fifth place at the NCAA Championships with a 17-6 record

Sophomore (2020-21):

  • NCAA Fencing All-Academic Scholar of Distinction

First-Year (2019-20):

  • Ivy League Individual Sabre Champion
  • First-Team All-Ivy League
  • Qualified for NCAA Championships
  • First Team All-American

Pre-Harvard Achievements:

  • Two-time gold medalist at Team Junior Pan American Championships
  • Senior National Champion
  • Multiple podium finishes in international competitions
  • Bronze at Division 1 USA National Championships
  • Consistent top 10 finishes in domestic and international events
  • High Honor Roll student for four years


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