Sabrina Massialas won Team USA’s first gold medal of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games with a dramatic golden-touch victory in the women’s foil final.
The 17-year-old outlasted Japan’s Karin Miyawaki, making her the second member of the Massialas family to win a Youth Olympic medal – her brother, Alex, won silver in men’s foil at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, according to Team USA.
After a slow start to the competition in Nanjing, Sabrina reversed her trajectory by taking to heart her father’s advice to refocus.
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“I dropped a few bouts, but afterwards my Dad sat me down and told me, ‘You have to fight, you have to be aggressive.’ And that’s exactly what I did,” she said, according to Team USA. “I played some pump-up music, I got myself in the zone and I just went all out, fighting with fire.”
The first silver of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games also went to an American 17-year-old triathlete Stephanie Jenks, who finished the sprint-distance course in 1 hour, 33 seconds. The race included a 750m swim, 20km bike and a 5km run.
“I’m really happy with it,” Jenks said, according to Team USA. “I went out and gave it my all. I raced with no regrets and I couldn’t have done any better.”
Australia’s Brittany Dutton bested Jenks with a time of 59:56 to win the first gold of the 2014 Youth Olympics.
Team USA’s medal haul on Day 1 of the Games was completed by 16-year-old Meghan Small, who swam her way to bronze in the 200m individual medley.