Lynn Botelho of the IUP History Department competed at the Veteran World Fencing Championships in Limoges, France (October 19–25, 2015). Botelho, currently ranked 22nd in the world, was part of the U.S. Women’s Foil Team that won Gold, earning the World Championship title.
This is the first women’s foil team to ever win the gold medal at the Olympics, World Cup, or World Championships.
The underdog U.S. team went undefeated against Finland, England, Japan, Russia (twice), and defeated France for Gold in front of their home crowd.
Botelho has been competitively fencing for the last seven years, and this is her third consecutive trip to the Veteran World Fencing Championships.
Botelho, an IUP Distinguished University Professor and director of Women’s and Gender Studies, specializes in 16th- and 17th-century English history, particularly the history of old age. She teaches courses for the History Department on the Renaissance and Reformation, early modern Europe, the history of the body, and English history.