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Felicia Zimmermann and younger sister Iris will represented two-thirds of the US womens foil team at the Sydney Games Iris six years Felicias junior won bronze in the individual foil at the 1999 World Championships Felicia hasnt achieved on that scale but she is far more experienced At 16 she was an alternate to the America squad that competed at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics at the Atlanta Games she placed 21st in the individual competition and 10th with the US team Felicia won her third individual national title in 1999 and with Iris helped the American team place seventh at that years World Championships securing an Olympic spot for the US in the womens team foil event Felicia has competed at seven senior nationals finishing lower than fourth only once 14th in 1990 A five-time World Championships participant she was a member of the American team that placed fifth in 1997Felicia and Iris are students at Stanford University but took time away from their studies to prepare for the Sydney Games Of the two sisters Felicia is smaller and her fencing is more tactical and finesse-oriented She won many of the early bouts between the two including one at the 1996 US nationals but Iris has begun to win more frequently in the last year Felicia and Iris have difficulty competing repeatedly against each other and their parents Christina and Thomas wish their daughters had chosen different weapons Christina is of Chinese decent Thomas is from Germany They met when Christina was working as a registered nurse in Germany and they later settled in New York Felicia is fluent in Chinese and German both of which are spoken at home Her non-fencing interests include playing the piano which she has done for over a As an Olympic hopeful Felicia Zimmermann had received a huge amount of media coverage from appearing on television talk shows to being part of a photo spread in Vogue
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