US Fencing Team Delivers Record-Breaking Performance at Pan American Championships

Olympian Tim Morehouse celebrates a touch during the Gold Medal round against Venezuela in Men's Saber Team

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US Fencing Team Delivers Record-Breaking Performance at Pan American Championships 

SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR (July 9, 2009)-Team USA Fencing delivered a powerful performance at the Pan American Championships, winning more medals than any other fencing team in the history of the competition. During the tournament, the team captured 10 out of a possible 12 gold medals, taking home a total of 22 medals and sweeping three events amongst the 15 partipcating countries. 

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During the Pan American Championship team events, Team USA managed to snag nearly all of the gold medals, earning Gold in Men’s and Women’s Saber, Men’s and Women’s Foil, Women’s Epee and Silver in Men’s Epee. Both Men’s and Women’s teams were coming off of a historic performance at the Beijing Olympics, where the US Fencing team won a total six medals, three times more than any previous Olympic Games.

Veteran team member Tim Morehouse commented on the strong showing, “We are very proud of our team effort at the Pan American Championships and hope that this showing helps propel us to a strong performance during the World Championships in October.” Team USA will compete later this year in Antalya, Turkey at the upcoming 2009 World Championships, fencing’s premier annual event.

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Olympic Silver Medalist Jason Rogers captured the gold in the Individual Men’s Saber event, defeating his Olympic Silver Medalist teammates James Williams and Tim Morehouse, who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.  In the Women’s round, two-time Olympic Champion and top-ranked fencer in the world, Mariel Zagunis, also won a gold medal. New national team members Daria Schneider and Monika Aksamit finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively, while team member Dagmara Wozniak finished 5th. 

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In the Men’s Foil event, Kurt Getz won his second consecutive gold medal and teammates Gerek Meinhardt and Miles Chanley-Watson walked off with 2nd and 3rd place. Up and coming star Nzinga Prescod, currently the under-17 world champion, captured gold in Women’s Foil, while teammates Nicole Ross and Ambika Singh both took home bronze medals.

During the Men’s Epee event, Beijing Olympian and world-ranked #6 Seth Kelsey won the silver medal, while teammate Cody Mattern finished 3rd. Courtney Hurley captured gold in Women’s Epee after defeating teammate Lindsay Cambell in the final.

Medal Count 
Country: Gold: Silver: Bronze:  Total:

USA   10 5 7  22 
Venezuela 1 3 3  7 
Canada  1 1 1  4

New York Times: Olympics Channel Draws a Rebuke from IOC

The battle over Olympic Television Rights...

I posted yesterday about the new US Olympic Committee television channel.  The New York Times had an article saying that the International Olympic Commitee was upset by this action taken and  had told the USOC to wait before launching.

Since fencing’s television rights are owned by the USOC our sport’s ability to get on TV in the near future is surely hanging in the balance.  I also wonder how this will influence the upcoming vote on where the 2016 Olympic Games will be held?

New York Times Article Except (By Richard Sandomir)

The United States Olympic Committee’s announcement Wednesday that it would start a television network next year with Comcast was criticized by a top International Olympic Committee official, who said his organization had not yet granted the channel rights to use the Olympic name or archival video footage.

Richard Carrión, an I.O.C. executive board member from Puerto Rico, said the U.S.O.C. had been told that it was proceeding hastily into the venture and that it should not assume it would get the rights it wanted.(READ MORE)