A Big Loss For Team USA: Fencing Olympian James Williams Career May Be Over…

And then there was one…

Beijing Olympic Medalist  and current #3 ranked US men’s saber fencer James Williams, 24,  has recently accepted a job offer to work for a hedge fund in San Francisco.  He will discontinue traveling and competing for the rest of the season in what is a huge blow to the US Men’s Saber Team.

Williams was a virtual lock to qualify for the 2010 World Championships in Paris and he is the second most veteran member of the national team.   While he has not officially retired, it’s unclear if he’ll be able to continue his career.     At the age of 24, he felt the need to begin his professional career and so after a lot of thought, he accepted the offer and he will move out to San Francisco next week.

If Williams is done fencing, the team will still have three fencers who have made strong international results, Ben Igoe, Daryl Homer and Tim Morehouse, but it leaves a lack of depth in  men’s saber program.   After a very deep and competive 2008 season,  Keeth Smart, Tim Hagamen, Patrick Ghattas and Ivan Lee all retired.    In addition to Williams,  Olympian Jason Rogers is currently on a limited practice and competing schedule and debating if he will continue fencing as well.

The situation leaves open some interesting questions, such as what will happen if Williams qualifies for worlds without competing again? And, who will step up for team USA?

CURRENT USA MEN’S SABER RANKING AND PAST EXPERIENCE:
#1 Tim Morehouse 5196 Points (7-Time National Team Member and Olympian)
#2 Daryl Homer      3258 Points (1-Time National Team Member)
#3 James Williams 3075 Points (4-Time National Team Member and Olympian)
#4 Ben Igoe               2446 Points (1-Time National Team Member)

#5 Barron Nydam   1388 Points
#6 Eric Arzoian        1380 Points

Fencing.Net: Stanford Fencing Receives 1.2Million Dollar Donation

The Stanford Cardinal fencing program received great news.

The coaches and Stanford Fencing Association have announced that they have received a $1.25 million donation from alumnus and former engineering student Jimi Jung.  Jung is a sabre fencer and owner of the Lourus Fencing Club in the Republic of Korea (ROK).

READ WHOLE STORY: http://www.fencing.net/news/collegiate/stanford-fencing-receives-1.2mm-donation.html

Your 2010 NCAA Fencing Champions! Penn State Wins Team Championship. Individual Winner’s Daryl Homer. Gerek Meinhardt. Marat Israelian. Nicole Ross. Caroline Vlolka. Margherita Guzzi Vincenti.

2010 NCAA TEAM CHAMPIONS: PENN STATE

Men’s Saber Champion: DARYL HOMER
2nd Place: Dan Bak
3rd: Oleg Ochocki and Avery Zuck

Women’s Saber Champion: CAROLYN VLOLKA
2nd Place: Becca Ward
3rd: Dagmara Wozniak, Margarita Tschomakova

Women’s Epee Champion: Margherita Guzzi Vincenti
2nd:
Noam Mills
3rd: Anastasia Ferdman/Courtney Hurley

Women’s Foil Champion: NICOLE ROSS
2nd: Doris Willette
3rd: Evgeniya Kirpicheva/Dayana Sarkisova

Men’s Epee Champion: Marat Israelian
2nd: Peter French
3rd: Nick Chinman, Dwight Smith

Men’s Foil Champion: Gerek Meinhardt
2nd: David Willette
3rd: Miles Chamley-Watson/Enzo Castellani

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE FENCERS!

FULL RESULTS: http://www.prisedefer.com/

Mass. School For the Blind Fencing Program

Blind Fencing

This is really a great story about a pair of school’s in Massachussetts who have  fencing programs for blind students.   The story has been an amazing viral success as well starting with a twitter post!

Here are some excerpts from the Associated Press Article:

Fencing Meets Fashion Again. A Photo Shoot with Antonio Azzuolo Clothing and Photographer Phil Moy

 

Ahhh, back to work promoting fencing…

Had the pleasure of working with Photographer Phil Moy and stylist Cristian Mendez this evening.    We were shooting a story on the synergy of fencing and fashion with Fall 2010 clothing from Antonio Azzuolo.

 The threads were very fun and cool.   Here are a few outtakes from the shoot and will keep you posted when the real pictures are published!  I’m also kind of excited because later in the week I’ll be doing a shoot with my Beijing teammates James Williams, Keeth Smart and Jason Rogers with celebrity photographer and America’s Next Top Model judge, Nigel Barker. 

 Should be fun!