Iosif Davidovich Vitebskiy (Russian: Иосиф Давидович Витебский; born January 9, 1938, in Kiev)[1] is a former Soviet Ukrainian fencer, and current US fencing coach.

Early life and fencing career

Vitebskiy attended Kiev State University, where he studied physical culture and sport.[2]

During his fencing career, Vitebskiy trained at Dynamo in Kiev.[3] He was a member of the Soviet Union and Ukrainian national teams, and won 19 medals in national championships, including 10 gold. He won several tournaments in Europe and Soviet Union, and won in the team event at the World Championships in 1967, 1968, and 1969.[2] He also won a silver medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics.[4][5]

Vitebskiy won the Veteran 60 Men’s Épée category at the Summer National Championships in Charlotte, N.C. in 1999.[2]


He was head coach of the Ukraine Republic National Team for 13 years, and then served for 10 years (1988–98) as the Director of the school for high sport achievements at the State University of Ukraine.[2] He served for 10 years as an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania.[2]

Personal life

Vitebskiy and his wife, Emma have two sons, Dmitriy and Alex.[2]


  1. ^ (Russian) Profile at the Russian Fencing Federation
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Iosif Vitebskiy Biography". University of Pennsylvania Athletics. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Boris Khavin (1979). All about Olympic Games. (in Russian) (2nd ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 444. 
  4. ^ "Olympics Statistics: Iosif Vitebskiy". Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  5. ^ "Iosif Vitebskiy Olympic Results". Retrieved 2011-01-02.