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Mariel Zagunis announces pregnancy

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Mariel Zagunis, a four-time U.S. Olympic medalist fencer, is pregnant with her first child, due in October, and plans to return for a fifth Olympic run.

Zagunis, 32, is one of only two Americans to earn Olympic fencing gold, winning the sabre in 2004 and 2008.

She lost in the semifinals in 2012 and the round of 16 in Rio but rebounded last summer to help the U.S. to bronze in the team event.

Zagunis was unsure in August if she would continue on to 2020, but now that appears certain.

“I definitely see Tokyo in my future,” Zagunis said in December, according to the Portland Tribune. “I’m not fulfilled. That’s part of who I am. I always want to keep going. I always want to do more. It’s a blessing and a curse to feel dissatisfied with not winning all the time.”

She competed once since Rio, taking bronze at a World Cup event in China in March in an early stage of her pregnancy.

Come Tokyo, Zagunis will be 35, which is older than any U.S. Olympic fencer since the 1996 Atlanta Games.

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Mariel Zagunis eyes 2020 Olympics

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In those painful times in Rio, Mariel Zagunis wasn’t sure if she wanted to keep going for a fifth Olympics in 2020.

The horizon is clearer now.

“I definitely see Tokyo in my future,” Zagunis said, according to the Portland Tribune. “I’m not fulfilled. That’s part of who I am. I always want to keep going. I always want to do more. It’s a blessing and a curse to feel dissatisfied with not winning all the time.”

Zagunis, 31, earned her fourth Olympic medal in Rio, a team bronze, becoming the first U.S. fencer to make the podium at three Olympics.

But individually, Zagunis was upset for a second straight Olympics. After winning gold in 2004 and 2008, Zagunis lost the bronze-medal match in London and bowed out in the round of 16 in Rio. Zagunis was ranked No. 2 in the world when she qualified for the Olympic team last winter.

“I’m still beating myself up over my performance,” Zagunis said, according to the newspaper.

Come Tokyo, Zagunis will be 35, which is older than any U.S. Olympic fencer since the 1996 Atlanta Games.

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Fencer lost his Olympic gold medal for two weeks

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Italian fencer Daniele Garozzo went two weeks without his gold medal after he said it was stolen while he slept on a train.

Garozzo, who beat American Alex Massialas for foil gold in Rio (and celebrated wildly), revealed last Thursday that he had lost the medal on Oct. 29. It was stolen from inside his backpack on a train ride to Turin, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

A Turin woman found the medal among garbage and Facebook messaged Garozzo shortly after the fencer’s public plea for help.

Garozzo was competing in Tokyo over the weekend, but the medal is in a friend’s possession in the meantime, according to Agence France-Presse.

“Even though I’d come to terms with losing the medal, it was like a part of me had been taken away,” Garozzo said, according to AFP.

Garozzo said he would repay the woman by inviting her to a World Cup competition in Turin, plus buying dinner for her and anybody she would like to join, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

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