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Video: Meet Richmond's Olympians...Eli Schenkel, fencer

Eli Schenkel talked live to the Richmond News via Zoom video about the sacrifices he's made to get to the Olympics and talks up Team Canada's chances of a surprise medal

The Richmond News sat down via a Zoom video link with some of Richmond's Olympic hopefuls for Tokyo and talked candidly about their preparations, hopes and dreams for the upcoming Games.

We kicked off the "Meet Richmond's Olympians" series yesterday with 50K racewalker Evan Dunfee.

Today, we are profiling one of two Richmond-based fencers, Eli Schenkel, who the News caught up with outside a Portuguese sandwich shop next to Team Canada’s fencing training base in Montreal.

Schenkel, who was named to the team after the last qualifying event in Qatar in the spring, has achieved a lifetime ambition to compete at the Olympics.

The 28-year-old co-owns and operates S-Class Fencing on Voyageur Way in north Richmond with his brother, Joseph.

In the Zoom interview, Schenkel talks about how he started fencing age 10 and about the sacrifices he’s made over the last two years to achieve his Olympic dream.

He also explains, for the uninitiated, how you score points in fencing and chats up Canada’s chances as dark horses for a team medal.