Daryl Homer, Fencing
Ranked 10th in the world and seeded ninth going into the world championships in Moscow, Daryl Homer defied the odds to win the silver medal in men’s saber. He became the first U.S. male fencer to win a medal in saber at senior worlds and only the third U.S. man to win an individual medal in any discipline. Miles Chamley-Watson, the 2013 champion, and Gerek Meinhardt, the 2010 bronze medalist, both competed in foil. Alex Massialas also earned silver at the 2015 worlds, two days after Homer, in foil. Homer, who was sixth at the London 2012 Olympic Games, also made major strides toward qualification for Rio. Homer attributed his win in the semifinal to his work with a sports psychologist with the United States Olympic Committee. He also earned his first grand prix podium in 2015, with a bronze in Seoul, South Korea, and followed that up with a silver at the 2015 Pan American Championships.