US Fencers Mariel Zagunis and Tim Morehouse Win at Inaugural Fencing Masters NYC before 1800 spectators

New York, NY — The inaugural Fencing Masters NYC saw 2-time Olympic champion Mariel Zagunis and USA Olympic Silver Medalist Tim Morehouse captured the championships before a crowd of 1800+ at Hammerstein Ballroom.

Mariel Zagunis defeated Ukraine’s Olga Kharlan in a match that pitted the world’s #1 and #2 ranked fencer’s against each other.  In the men’s side, USA Team Member Daryl Homer defeated Olympic Silver Medalist Nicolas Lopez of France in the quarter-finals and then ’04 Olympic Champion Aldo Montano in the semi-finals before falling to Morehouse in the finals 11-15.

US Olympic Silver Medalist Tim Morehouse defeat Alex O’connell of Britain in the quarter-finals, followed by a victory over Jaime Marti of Spain, who had earlier defeated Ben Igoe in the quarters, setting up the All-USA final with Morehouse and Homer.

The Expo Championship tournament was won by Dan Bak who nearly pulled off an upset against Olympic Champion Aldo Montano of Italy in the Quarter-Finals.  Bak lost 15-14 in closely contested match-up.  Earlier, Dan Bak defeated St. John’s Sean Buckley in the finals of the Expo Championship.  16 competitors from around the country came to compete for the opportunity to fence in the main event.

The amazing Chelsea Chris sung the National Anthem and comedian Chris Destefano emceed before a crowd that included  20+ USA Fencing Olympians, Olympic gold medalist speed skater Joey Cheek, CSI’s Gerald McCullough and others.

The Fencing Masters NYC will air on television on SNY on Dec. 5th.  It will be the first televised USA Fencing tournament in the USA (non-Olympic) since the 1980s.  More information to come on the telecast.

The Sport of Fencing is (Officially!) Coming Back to TV in the USA!

Not since the 1980s  has a fencing tournament in the USA (outside of the Olympics) been televised!    That drought is over and this is only the beginning ! (Especially if we have your support!)

The official press release is below. Now, LET’S SELL OUT HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM (2000 seats!) AND SHOW THE WORLD OUR GREAT SPORT!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FENCING MASTERS NYC BRINGS WORLD CHAMPION FENCERS TOGETHER FOR THE LARGEST SPECTATOR-FENCING COMPETITION EVER TO BE HELD IN THE UNITED STATES

PRODUCED BY WCMG EVENTS, FENCING MASTERS NYC WILL TAKE PLACE NOVEMBER 17, 2010 AT HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM IN SUPPORT OF TEAM USA FENCING

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 6, 2010 – The first ever Fencing Masters NYC brings world champion fencers to New York City to compete in the largest spectator-fencing tournament in modern USA history, outside of the Olympics.  Produced by WCMG Events, the Fencing Masters NYC will be hosted by Tim Morehouse, US champion and Olympic Silver medalist, on November 17, 2010 at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The tournament will be televised on SportsNet NY (SNY), reaching 14.5 million homes in the tri-state area, and is the first non-Olympic US fencing competition to hit the airwaves since the 1980’s. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Olympic fencing hopefuls as they train to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The tournament will feature Olympic fencing champions, Aldo Montano (Italy), Nicolas Lopez (France), Olga Kharlan, (Ukraine), and Mariel Zagunis (USA), along with international Olympians, Jaime Marti (Spain), Alex O’ Connell (Britain), and USA Olympic medalists and champions, Tim Morehouse, Ben Igoe, and Daryl Homer.  Team USA will fence the International Champions during a dramatic and unprecedented evening of fencing entertainment, exhibition, and inspiration.

“We are very excited to bring this event to New York City to introduce our sport to new fans,“ says Tim Morehouse event organizer.  “The tournament provides a great opportunity to showcase and educate New Yorkers and Americans about the athleticism and prestige surrounding the sport.”

In support of this extraordinary and historic evening, fencing clubs across the country are hosting men’s saber qualifier tournaments, the winner earning a chance to compete against Olympic Gold medalist, Aldo Montano, in front of the 2000-plus spectators expected to attend.

The Fencing Masters NYC kicks off at 3:00 p.m. at the Hammerstein Ballroom with a Fencing Expo for kids, adults, fencers, and non-fencers alike.  At 6:30 p.m., VIP’s will be treated to a meet and greet with additional celebrity athletes from the world’s of figure skating, speed skating, synchronized swimming, rowing, and women’s basketball, along with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Doors open for the main event at 7:00 p.m. to general admission ticket holders.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, donations, or to purchase tickets, go to www.fencingmastersnyc.com or email info@fencingmastersnyc.com.

About Fencing Masters NYC

The Fencing Masters NYC (www.fencingmastersnyc.com), in partnership with WCMG events (www.wcmgevents.com), features Olympic champions from around the world in the largest non-Olympic spectator-fencing tournament to be held in the US in the modern era. This event offers an extraordinary and unique behind-the-scenes experience dedicated to the sport of fencing, with a portion of the proceeds donated to Team USA Olympic hopefuls training to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics

CONTACT:

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment

Jody Sowa

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jody.sowa@mcsaatchi.com

Cool Fencing Picture of the Day: Nicolas Lopez’s Passion in Victory

France’s Nicolas Lopez will be competing at the Fencing Masters NYC on November 17th at Hammerstein Ballroom…

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FencingMastersNYC.com is Live! Tickets On Sale Now!

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This is the “soft launch” of the Fencing Masters NYC website! We will be adding details in the coming weeks about special performances, sponsors and other activities!

The FM NYC is a showcase competition featuring some of the best fencers in the world and USA.(in saber)  The goal of the event is to showcase the sport in a way that grows the awareness  to the general public while promoting (and supporting) our stars.

We have one of the most powerful sporting communities in the world and we’ll need YOUR help to make this a success.  Please buy a ticket and bring a non-fencing friend!  It will be a special night everyone will remember!

Can’t wait to see you the Fencing Masters NYC  2010!

Fencing Masters NYC: Is Fencing Coming To TV?

Hi Friends,

It’s been awhile since I last wrote an update on the promotional fencing competition I’m looking to hold in November.   A lot of behind the scenes work has been going on (with a lot more to do) but here is where we are with it:

TV/WEB Coverage:
ESPN
has offered to air the event live-streaming on their website.  Which is nice, but we’d ideally LOVE TV!    To that end, we’ve also have had some really positive conversations with a television network (meeting their production team next week) and hoping to get them on board! (Fingers crossed!) Looks promising right now, but you never know!

Date/Location: Hammerstein Ballroom Nov. 17

We chose this place after touring Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and some other venues.   The costs of Carnegie Hall/Lincoln Center was really high.  Also, because of Union rules at these places we’d have to use their catering, alcohol and staff which would great increase cost so we’ve picked the 2,000 seat Hammerstein Ballroom.

Funding:
We have received $30,000 of seed funding to help us launch the website, put the down payment on the venue etc.  The rest we will look to get from ticket sales and sponsorships.

Media Partners:
We have “asks” out to some major magazines: VF, Esquire, GQ and others about joining us in this venture.   My fingers are crossed here too, but at a minimum we’ve got a great power-point in front of some pretty powerful eyes
on our sport.

Sponsorships:
Bistromdsport  has joined us as a food sponsor.  We won’t start looking for more sponsors until we have nailed down what type of coverage the event will have. i.e. TV/Magazine etc.  These things determine how much you can actually ask for when talking to companies

Partners
WCMG Events
has been working with me over the past 2-months laying out the groundwork to get this up and running.  They’ve been really amazing.  They are a fantastic company that has done boxing events on TV for ESPN as well as numerous other events of varying sizes and focus.   I’m hoping to maybe involve them in the NY World Cup somehow. (Stay tuned)   Daria Schneider has also been working tirelessly with me to build the infrastructure to make this happen.  Thanks Dizzle!

Athletes:
We tentatively have scheduled to compete (format still TBD) Aldo Montano, Nicolas Lopez, Jaime Marti, Olga Kharlan, Mariel Zagunis, myself as well as probably another international fencer and other USA fencers.

Next Steps:
Over next 2-weeks we’re hoping to have either a media partner of either TV and/or magazine.   Once that happens, we’ll move quickly to get up a website to begin selling tickets/providing information about the event.  Then we’ll be  be off to the races!  We’re already working on the design of the site.   Hopefully you’ll like it!

How You Can Help:
Once we launch the website and begin selling tickets we’ll need all hands on-deck to sell out the 2,000 seat arena and to help spread the word!

* Projects like this are truly difficult to pull off so we still have some steps before we go from tentative to confirmed.   I share this process to hopefully be somewhat educational and to hopefully show the potential of what we can do as a sport!  The future looks bright…