Guatemala City, Guatemala, was set ablaze on Saturday evening when Alison Miller, woman's Saber fencer for Jamaica, entered the fold at the 2013 Central American/Caribbean Championships.
The 23-year-old defeated favourite Elita Marroquin of El Salvador 15-11 in a stunning upset by the Jamaican newcomer.
Throughout the day Miller had lost only one match during the preliminary rounds to a powerful Rossy Félix of the Dominican Republic.
However, later during the elimination rounds Miller and Félix met again. This time however, the Jamaican altered her game plan to pull off a strong victory over the Dominican fencer by 15-11.
The finals sent Miller against remaining fencer Marroquin, who took an immediate 4-0 lead, but gradually Miller chipped away at that lead and at one point rallied for five consecutive touches against Marroquin.
Marroquin, however, is a formidable opponent and did not remain silent. She fought back against Miller, who had continually outmanoeuvred her.
Finally, when the score was 14-11 (match point), Marroquin advanced with a powerful attack against Miller. At this point Miller made a faster retreat from Elba's reach simultaneously counter-attacking and striking her opponent's wrist, escaping the distance of the attack and secured her first place finish on the podium.
Upon seeing such a risky manoeuvre pulled off, the two young women displayed a tremendous hunger for the victory.
Miller went into the event a virtual unknown in this region, but left with the gold medal and a heightened sense of awareness with her opponents.
She said: "In the beginning I didn't really know what to expect, I hadn't done a senior event in awhile and I was a little nervous. I got more comfortable as time went on and I just wanted to fence and have fun and if I could win while doing it, then that was a plus..."
President and founder of the Jamaican Fencing Federation noted that, "Alison is clearly Olympic material and with the right planning, the right coaching, she could be among those to represent Jamaica in Brazil in 2016."
Jamaica join El Salvador and several other nations as members of the PanAmerican Fencing Confederation, an arm of the FIE (International Fencing Federation) which is supporting federations like the JFF via the International Developmental Programme and organisations like "For Future of Fencing".
Miller is a Saber fencer who attended Ohio State University. She finished fifth in the NCAA of 2013 and then transferred her affiliation to the Jamaican Fencing Federation in honour of her heritage.