Daryl Homer was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and, at age five, moved to New York with his mother, Juliette Smith, and sister. He began fencing at 11 years old after reading about it in the dictionary. Since then, Homer has overcome many obstacles to become the number one fencer in the United States, including being homeless with his family for many years. He uses these harsh memories to help motivate him to become the best athlete he can be.
Homer’s greatest influence in fencing is Keeth Smart, the first American men’s saber fencer to earn a No. 1 world ranking, and Peter Westbrook, a former coach and mentor. Homer also serves as a brand ambassador for a charity called Fencing in the Schools with the goal of introducing fencing to children all over America. He would someday like to start a nonprofit of his own.
Homer graduated from St. John’s University in 2013 with a degree in advertising. He worked in advertising in New York City for two and a half years and says if he wasn’t an athlete, he would like to pursue a career in marketing.
When not fencing, Homer loves cooking, reading, photography, singing, dancing, watching movies, and listening to music.
Sport: Fencing – Saber (Individual and Team)
Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.
Currently Resides: Bronx, N.Y.
Toyota Vehicle: Toyota Prius
Olympic History: 2012, 2016
• Four-time NCAA All-American (2009-13)
• Olympic Games London 2012
• 2015 Pan American Games, gold (team)
• First U.S. men’s fencer to medal in saber at the Senior World Championships (2015)
• Olympic Games Rio 2016, silver (individual)
• 2019 Senior World and Pan American Championship Team
• 2019 Pan American Fencing Championships, gold (team), silver (individual)
• 2019 Pan American Games, gold (individual, team)
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