TEAM: Fencing SPORT: Individual Foil BORN: Jan. 14, 1995 SCHOOL: Westdale Secondary School; Ohio State University
ALTHOUGH SHE IS ONE of the younger members of Canada’s Olympic team, Harvey is loaded with experience at the world level.
She won silver medals in foil at both the 2014 and 2015 world championships.
She has fenced at two Pan Am Games and was seventh in individual foil at last summer’s Games in Toronto while contributing immensely to Canada’s upset of the favoured U.S. for the team gold medal by winning the last match in overtime.
In March, Harvey, now heading into her senior year at Ohio State University, won the NCAA (U.S. college) championships with 21 victories in 23 round-robin matches and dominant performances in the medal rounds. She had been ninth last year.
An all-round athlete, she was a sprinter when she was younger and then switched to karate before concentrating on fencing, which she started at the age of 10.
Harvey had originally set her sights on the 2020 Olympics, when she would have an extra four years experience.
But when her 2015-16 season got off to a good start she told herself, “All right, I’m going to go for it.”
“The Olympics have always been my goal,” she says. “All my life.”
Eleanor Harvey: Olympics a lifetime goal