I’m in the advertisements for the US Olympic Committee’s fundraising campaign…so where’s WaldoMorehouse in the picture above????
Below is my section blown up:
In the big poster, I’m the first picture to the right of “TO BE AN”.
To donate go to www.teamusa.org
Last week, I was invited by my friend Edna Novak, the executive director of Teach For America Connecticut, to speak to their incoming corps at their induction!
With my friend Jeff Imrich,we drove from NYC to Connecticut to talk to the 100 or so new corps members and future teachers/difference makers!
I had a great time and since I spent so much of my working career at Teach For America (7+ years!) it was fun to reconnect especially with the newest recruits. They’re off to NYC themselves this weekend to begin their journey at Institute…
GOOD LUCK CONNECTICUT CORPS!!!!!!!!!
Final couple days of practice and then we’re off to San Salvador, El Salvador for the very important Pan American Championships.
The competition is both individual and team between all the national teams of countries in North, South and Central America and counts a lot for world ranking. We’ll be competing against countries such as Canada, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela to name a few.
For the USA men’s saber team, Ben Igoe, James Williams, Jason Rogers and myself will be competing.
The US Nationals are happening the same weekend so we’re all sad that we’ll be missing that competition!
(photos courtest of www.fencingphotos.com and Serge Timacheff)
Michael Jackson’s video game…
This is how I will remember him: saving children, playing with monkeys and dancing.
After the women’s saber competition was completed we(James Williams, Dagmara Wozniak, Daria Schneider, Jason Rogers and me) headed out to Inwood, Texas to eat some dinner and check out a movie at the coolest movie theater I have ever been too!
Check it out!!! No seats….ONLY COUCHES AND BEAN BAGS!
(Below) Jason contemplates his upcoming Paris Fashion Show! He’ll be walking in the Louis Vuton show in Paris next week! GO JASON!
This commercial is airing on NBC, ESPN and a number of other networks. It’s part of a USOC campaign to raise money and will run until July 4th weekend.(A few people have already emailed me that that they’ve seen it on TV! Yeah!)
Shawn Johnson, Jason Lezak, Nastia Liukin and about 20 other Olympians have small bit parts. My part is about 40 seconds in! Enjoy!
Go TEAM USA FENCING! Hope I represented!
Photos courtesy of www.fencingphotos.com and Serge Timachef
With the number 1 US ranking and home country pride on the line there was plenty of motivation going into the Dallas world cup. With a great US crowd behind me, I captured the Bronze medal! Also my 2nd top-4 finish out of the last 3 world cups. (A new first for me!) My world ranking is now #11 (tied for my peak career ranking in 2007) and the result secured the #1 USA ranking for the season.(This is the first time I’ve ended the season as #1!)
To be 30 years old and still improving is very exciting! (Hopefully will keep it going on the journey to qualify and go for the gold at the 2012 London Olympics!)
Having barely practiced the last two weeks with a foot injury, I was nervous about what to expect going into the competition. I usually fence using a lot of defense, but because of the injury I was unable to really change directions from defense to offense in warm-ups so my strategy for the day was to attack hard and aggressively. I think that surprised a lot of my opponents and worked to my advantage on this day!
I defeated my first two opponents by large margins, 15-6 and 15-7, and then in the round of 16 faced a big challenge from Boris Sanson of France. Against him I had an 0-5 career record and he had also eliminated me in the individual portion of the Olympics. Staying very aggressive and energized, I pulled out my first career victory over him 15-12. I had a lot of help from some the very loud Americans cheering and spurring me forward!
In the quarter finals, my draw was American Ben Igoe, the #2 ranked fencer in the US. The winner of our match would own the #1 ranking for the season. We went touch for touch before I eeked out a 15-13 victory to secure the top US spot and a berth in the semi-finals.
In my semi-finals match, I faced Russian Alexey Yakimenko. He has been on a tear lately and unfortunately despite all my best efforts, I was bested 12-15 and finished 3rd for the day.(Aldo Montano of Italy won) Still, it was a great day for me and hopefully I can continue to build on the momentum of my strong finishes in Madrid and here in Dallas. We compete next in El Salvador in 10 days for the very important Pan American Zonal Championship.