My name is Iman Blow, from Brooklyn, New York.
I am a senior now at Columbia College studying biology,
and I'm on the women's fencing team.
I started fencing because my brother's camp friends told us
about a program called the Peter Westbrook
Foundation, in New York City.
And I have a twin brother, and the head
of the program, Peter Westbrook, said that we have potential.
And so we started the program together.
My brother quit after a month.
My dad told me I had to keep going.
And then I started fencing then until now.
And it's really that program that
actually led me to Columbia.
I started off losing three out of my first seven matches,
and last season I only lost three
matches when I won my individual title.
And at that moment I realized that,
not only was my own individual success at risk,
but I might jeopardize this victory for the team.
After that, I only lost one more match,
and I remember I actually won the match that
clinched the title.
My next goal is the Olympic trials.
I actually leave next Wednesday for the first Olympic trial
in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany.
Interestingly enough, I have my second Olympic qualifier
in Shanghai, and I get back at 6 PM the day before I graduate.