One of the fencers in question….
In fun news, Page 6 of the NY Post has a great write up on my teammate Jason Rogers and me today!
If you don’t have time to pick up a copy, you can check out the article here:
Fencing is continuing its comeback!
Back in the days of Kings and Royalty, fencing had a fun and powerful societal niche based on elegance, precision, style, and of course PASSION and one’s HONOR! While we aren’t planning on bringing back first blood duels (All our socialites would be dead quickly this way!), the rest of it we hope to resurrect!
Page 6 certainly a positive step! (Thanks to Amy Brownstein PR for a huge assist on this and Jennifer Keil. YOU GUYS ROCK!)
If you want to bring some awesome fencing/fashion into your life for an event, photospread or article, let us know!
Tim and Jason
Today, the picture of Obama fencing with me appeared in the NY Post, Wall Street Journal, NY Times, USA Today, LA Times and countless other newspapers both print and online…(I got 500 emails today from around the world! Crazy!)
But, I have to say that making it onto the TMZ site was very cool! TMZ’s crack staff found something a lot of people missed in the picture!!!
A guy picking his nose in the background! Whoops! (I was glad to play a supporting role in this picture!)
Here’s how they reported it: http://www.tmz.com/2009/09/17/oba-ma-kenobi-senses-disturbance-in-the-force/
My inbox definitely has been full since the NY Post article Hot Bachelor came out!
Although (sadly) most of the emails have been from friends asking, “Have you gotten a ton of emails from women now?”
The answer is that we have gotten a few emails from women. A girl I met on the train a few years ago, saw the article and emailed. We each received a few emails with pictures…(Apparently the male nurse turned out to be the most popular in terms of email responses)
At our fencing club, the adult beginer class also had an additional 5 women join last week who saw the article! (That’s pretty cool)
Anyway, we truck on trying to promote fencing and create exposure that will lead us to sponsorships and partnerships to train for the London Olympics.
The fencing world breathed a collective sigh of relief as no new scandals involving fencers were reported today. (Tongue firmly in cheek)
As it turns out, Alexander Oxenstierna is not the only fencing Swede to be plaugued by scandal…
Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall was a Swedish modern pentathlete (fencing is one of the 5 sports they do) that competed in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Although his team won bronze, they were stripped of their medals when he became the first ever athlete to be disqualified at the Olympics for drug use. He apparently drank two beers before the pistol shooting part of the competition, to calm his nerves.
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What’s happening to the swordsmen of Sweden?
Affairs with Duchesses and beer drinking before compettitions at the Olympics!?!?!
Thanks to my reader, Swedeman, for providing a little information about Alexander Oxenstierna.
The Oxenstierna family is one of the oldest noble families in sweden. They´ve had familymembers in leading govermentpost and around the swedish royal court for centuries.
Until the next scandal…
Here is Alexander Oxenstierna, the fencer named in the NY Post story. Who knows if the NY Post even got the story right.
Can’t hurt to be dubbed a “Strappiung Swedish Swordsman” and “Suave” by a newspaper, right?
He’s not the head of the Swedish fencing federation either, he’s the “Vice ordförande.”
Ordforande? Translation anyone?
Thanks to Andrew for the translation: “based on Google translation of the Swede wikipedia for the word, it does seem to mean president or chairman.”
I guess my Swedish was a bit rusty/why didn’t I think to Google it???
The headline of the NY Post Today: Sword Play! $$$ Divorce Countess Admits Affair with Fencer
But, what fencer? Has our “Fencing is a sexy sport” campaign has gone too far?
Today, the feature story in the tabloid NY Post was about a Swedish Countess and the affair she had with the head of the Swedish Fencing Federation. (I hope you didn’t think it was one of us! Shame on you!)
Marie Douglas-David admitted in court papers that she had a sexual relationship with Alexander Oxenstierna, a suave fencer and head of a Swedish fencing association
The off the reservation” countess who complains she can’t live on a measly $36 million divorce settlement admitted she had a steamy affair with a strapping Swedish swordsman during her tumultuous marriage
Of course, they can’t do a fencing article without a cheesy fencing pun:
Countesses’ Heart Pierces by Fencers Blade
Now might be a good time to mention that Jason, James and I will be in the NY Post later this week with a slightly less scandalous story…
The NY Post returned to to our fencing club yesterday to re-take photographs for a piece they are doing on the Manhattan Fencing Center and its fencers.
The topic shall remain “top secret” until its published but it did involve some cool clothes and some rather interesting questions!
Special thanks to Julia and Yury Gelman for continuing to promote the sport!
We’re super excited to see this article in the paper in the near future since the pictures Victoria took looked amazing and Danica writes some pretty sweet articles…we’ll keep ya Posted! (Pun intended!)
They gel you up and take this vacuum roller contraption and suck your fat up and roll it around as they move the thing around your butt and thighs. It’s like a Zamboni for your ass.
After some some intense investigation here in Budapest, we also turned up this shocking picture!
Now, if we can just figure out what why the massage guy was naked in the Hungarian bath house we will have unlocked all of Hungary’s secrets!