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Raymond Fan Senior Profile
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 01/24/2008
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DURHAM, N.C. – recently sat down with men’s fencer Raymond Fan for his senior profile. A senior on the foil squad, Raymond is a biology and literature major from Export, Pa. Fan takes a break from class to talk about how he got into fencing, his love for whiffle ball, his fencing aspirations after college, plus much more. How long have you been fencing, and how did you get into the sport?
Raymond Fan:
I've been fencing since the 10th grade, so that’s about six years. I thought fencing looked like a fun sport, so I went to a fencing club (Fencing Institute of America) near my home and took some beginner classes. A few months later, I switched from FIA to Three Rivers Fencing Center in Pittsburgh where I still fence when I'm at home on break.

GD: What is something about you that few people know? Do you have any hidden talents?
I've been told I'm pretty good at making ice bags.

GD: Outside of fencing, what is your favorite sport to watch or play?
Cycling, basketball and whiffle ball.

GD: Do your teammates have a nickname for you?
I get called by my first and last name in combination a lot, like "Hey, Ray Fan". I guess two syllables sounds better than just Ray.

GD: Do you have a favorite way to spend your free time?
I like to try to get off Duke's campus. 

GD: If you could travel to any country in the world, where would it be and why?
Costa Rica because it has a great cultural history that not a lot of people know about, and it's ecologically awesome...I'm kind of a nature geek.

GD: What is your favorite part about going to school at Duke?
The combination of great athletic and academic programs.

GD: Looking back on your athletic career at Duke, what is your most memorable moment?
Last year at our home meet, my opponent and I were the last ones fencing for the round – everyone else was done. I remember only hearing our shoes scraping on the fencing strips and what seemed like the entire team cheering when I scored a touch. I think I won that bout 5-4. It was a great way to cap off the season at home.

GD: What are your plans for after graduation?
Junior year I injured my knee, and so for the past couple of years I haven't fenced much or that well. I want to get back into that and hopefully compete at a higher level than before I was hurt. And hopefully I find a good job.

GD: What is your dream job?
To be a successful writer.

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