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Malinka Hoppe Montanaro

Biographie

Malinka Hoppe Montanaro has become a key piece of Canada’s senior international épée team over the last four years of competition. After finishing 14th in individual épée and being part of Canada’s fourth-place finish in team épée at the 2015 Pan American Championships, she helped Canada to three consecutive finals appearances in team épée (2016-18), winning gold in an upset in 2016. She finished the 2018-19 season ranked a career-high 53rd in the world, bolstered by a  sixth-place finish in individual épée at the Pan American Championships. As a junior she competed in five FIE Cadet and Junior World Championships from 2009 to 2013. She began as a foil competitor, then competed in both weapons in 2010 before focusing on épée. Her best individual result in foil came when she finished 21st in 2010. As a junior Hoppe won individual épée bronze at the 2013 Junior Pan American Championships.

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT MALINKA

Getting into the Sport: Started fencing at age 11… Had to pick a sport when she moved to Canada and her mother suggested fencing because she had wanted to try it when she was younger but never had the chance… Outside Interests: Studying languages/translation at Concordia University… Enjoys reading French literature, running, yoga, playing with her dog Cesar… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Think gold, never settle for silver”… Biggest role model has always been Serena Williams because of her mental strength… Has a good luck charm on a bracelet that she always wears with holes in the shape of stars… Nicknames: Mali, Linky, Malinky… Would get annoyed if she forgot to pack her Beats headphones and the charger…

Palmarès international

Pan American Games: 2015 – 16th (épée), 5th (team épée)

Pan American Championships: 2018 – SILVER (team épée), 6th (épée); 2017 – SILVER (team épée); 2016 – GOLD (team épée), 18th (épée); 2015 – 14th (épée), 4th (team épée)

Pan American Championships (junior): 2013 – BRONZE (épée)

FIE World Championships: 2018 – 72nd (épée), 15th (team épée); 2017 – 37th (épée), 18th (team épée); 2015 – 91st (épée), 16th (team épée)

FIE World Championships (junior): 2013 – 71st (épée); 2012 – 46th (épée); 2011 – 54th (épée); 2010 – 74th (épée), 21st (foil); 2009 – 58th (foil)