Benjamin Brockman | Jan. 21, 2014 | UND.com
Junior fencer Ariel DeSmet seems to continually find himself in the right place at the right time. While fencing probably never would have been an option for him growing up, DeSmet found himself in an opportune situation at the age of 9 when a fencing coach stopped by his grade school.
"Fencing can be an expensive sport, and at the time my family didn't have a lot of money, but this fencing coach came in and gave a bunch of people free lessons," DeSmet says. "The coach saw that I was doing well, so he just gave me some old fencing stuff. I kind of fell into it, and I made things work. I've stuck with the sport ever since."