Fourteen-year-old Santa Monica fencer Emma Peterson captured the bronze medal in Cadet Women’s Epee at the 2008 Junior Olympics, held in Charlotte, North Carolina Saturday and Sunday, February 16th and 17th.

Currently ranked number one in the United States for her age division, Peterson is also the reigning national champion since winning gold at the U.S. Summer Nationals in July. She has also represented the United States at World Cup fencing events this year in Bonn, Germany, Heidenheim, Germany, and Bratislava, Slovakia.

Peterson, who fences for Los Angeles International Fencing Club in West Los Angeles, is coached by Nana, Gago and Edward Demirchian. Gago Demirchian is currently the coach of the U.S. Men’s National Fencing Team.

Peterson, who previously attended Carlthorp School in Santa Monica and now attends Harvard-Westlake Middle School, has been fencing since she was in fourth grade.

Her sister, May Peterson, recently joined her for the Junior Olympics in Charlotte. Twelve-year-old May Peterson was the youngest fencer to qualify for the Cadet event and is also ranked second in the U.S. for her age group. She also attends Harvard-Westlake Middle School and began fencing in second grade.