Katharine (Kat) Holmes, the second-ranked fencer in the United States, works out as she prepares to compete for a spot on the 2016 Olympic team. While she trains six days a week, she works on her mental game around the clock. “I will literally visualize myself fencing them, visualize what actions I’ll take when they do this or that,” Kat said.
Holmes has paid particular interest to likely Olympic foes. She has spent the past 10 months studying hours of video of each major opponent, and using a program called Dartfish — also used by soccer, hockey and basketball teams around the world to time their moves and attack patterns.