Breaking News: Magda Skarbonkiewicz Wins Cadet Worlds



Cadet World Champion Magda Skarbonkiewiz on the left and bronze medalist Zoe Kim on the right.

On April 4, 2021 in Cairo, Egypt, freshman Magda Skarbonkiewicz won gold at the Cadet World Championships for saber fencing. At only 15 years old, Skarbonkiewicz became the fifth U.S woman to win the championship, and the first since 2009.

“I went to Egypt having high hopes, but I didn’t think they would be realistic,” Skarbonkiewicz said. “It’s a world championship, so it’s the best of the best in 17 and under, and I was really nervous but also excited to be fencing a tournament after a year of no tournaments.”

Skarbonkiewicz made the USA Cadet World Team last year, but the championship was cancelled due to Covid. This year, Skarbonkiewicz proved her expertise and ingenuity in the sport after prevailing in the competition and striking gold.

“When I won I couldn’t believe it,” Skarbonkiewicz said. “It was like something you think about, but never actually believe it when it happens. It was a really bewildering trip, and I’m thankful for everyone who helped me get where I am today!”