✅ Three-time Olympian.
✅ Currently ranked #4 men’s foil fencer in the world.
✅ Dwight alumnus.
Dwight alumnus Race Imboden is participating in this summer’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics, his third time competing in the Games, this year as a replacement athlete for the men’s foil team event.
Race graduated from Dwight in 2011, and it was easy to see that he was heading toward an illustrious fencing career. And what a career it’s been so far: top rankings, the first U.S. man to win the FIE Overall World Cup title, an Olympic Bronze team medalist, and scores of additional titles and awards.
In recent years, Race has made a name for himself not just as an elite fencer and sought-after model, but also as an activist. He is using his voice to advocate for issues he cares about and his platform to call for change. Dwight Global students had a Zoom conversation with Race about using your spark of genius to change the world. Students heard firsthand about Race’s experiences speaking up and out, including a notorious moment at the 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru. That day, Race and his team won the gold medal and he “took a knee” during the awards ceremony. Race and a teammate had done the same two years prior at the Pharaoh’s Challenge Men’s Foil Fencing World Cup in Cairo.
Taking a knee at sports events has become a visible way of protesting police brutality and racism in the U.S. Upon doing so in Lima, Race tweeted, “We must call for change … I am honored to represent Team USA at the Pan-Am Games, taking home Gold and Bronze. My pride however has been cut short by the multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear to my heart ...”
Race spoke with students about his activism and work with Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit that advocates for anti-violence and gun control. The lively discussion also touched on other topics, including managing personal and professional setbacks; and balancing the pursuit of one’s dreams with academics, which Race had done by training, traveling, and competing during high school at Dwight.
Through the candid conversation with Race, Dwight Global students heard how it’s possible to use their spark of genius to help improve the communities in which they live — wherever in the world. In tandem with this conversation, students visited an exhibit titled “Activist New York” at the Museum of the City of New York, gleaning additional insights and perspectives on how individuals can collaborate to achieve social justice goals.
Dwight Global is grateful to Race for sharing his time and experiences with students. Best of luck to Race and all Olympians in Tokyo!
📸 Photo from https://www.teamusa.org/News/2021/March/28/Foil-Fencing-Teams-Finalize-Olympic-Rosters