On and Off the Fence

Lynn Freehill-Maye | January 21, 2015  


He skipped the Olympic closing ceremonies for college freshman orientation. Gerek Meinhardt had been the youngest fencer ever on Team USA. But he moved on before the 2008 Games were even over. His focus would be on Notre Dame.

His future roommate, Jamie O’Brien, had been Facebook messaging with Meinhardt for weeks. They talked about their favorite TV shows and who would bring a futon. A San Francisco Bay Area guy, Meinhardt seemed easygoing enough. He liked basketball and planned to stream every possible Golden State Warriors game.
Finally Meinhardt mentioned that he’d be an athlete at Notre Dame. O’Brien got curious. He was starstruck at what he learned. “He told me he was a fencer but never hinted at the caliber he was,” O’Brien says. “It took me Googlesearching his name to find out he was going to Beijing.”

Read more at Notre Dame Business Magazine.

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