Alpine Youth Challenge Summit
Keeth Smart Silver Olympic Medalist
Early life and education
Smart was born in New York City, New York and grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York City. His parents were Thomas R. Smart Jr. (a production manager and later an economist) and Liz Smart (a teacher). At the urging of his parents, he and his younger sister Erinn began to learn fencing at the Peter Westbrook Foundation, whose founder, Olympic sabre bronze-medalist Peter Westbrook, was his mentor.
Smart graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1996. He graduated from St. John's University in New York, majoring in finance. He received his MBA from Columbia University in 2010.
During college, he was the NCAA sabre champion in 1997 and 1999, and took second place in 2001.
He was a member of the 1999 Pan American Games bronze medal team. He has competed in three Olympic Games. In the individual Olympic men's sabre competition, he placed 30th in the 2000 Olympic Games, 15th in 2004, 4th in the team event, 6th in 2008, and he won the silver medal in the team event. His sister Erinn also earned a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics.
In 2002 and 2004, Smart won the US national sabre championship. In 2003, he became the first American to be named the top-ranked fencer internationally.