Fencing Club of the Week: Rhode Island Fencing Academy Profiled on Fox TV

There is a great article and video abut the Rhode Island Fencing Academy on the Fox Providence website. http://www.foxprovidence.com/dpp/rhode_show/try-your-hand-at-a-new-sport-fencing

Reporter Elizabeth Hopkins (@TheLillyGuild) visited the club and had a go at fencing and seemed to have a good time!  You can check out the Rhode Island Fencing Academy website at: http://www.rifac.com/

Fencing.Net: Vezzali Wins Seoul for 71st World Cup Gold

Valentina Vezzali - Queen of Foil

By Craig Harkins (www.fencing.net)

Italian foilist Valentina Vezzali won her 71st World Cup Gold and added yet another credit to the claim of best fencer ever with a 15-7 win over Virginie Ujlaky (FRA) in the finals of the Seoul Grand Prix.

The US placed two fencers in the top-32 as Doris Willette took 22nd and Nzingha Prescod finished 24th.
(Read Whole Article: www.fencing.net)

Photographer Nigel Barker Takes Fencing Olympian Keeth Smart to the Next Level…

Olympic Silver Medalist in fencing Keeth Smart‘s portrait by America’s Next Top Model Judge and photographer Nigel Barker.

You can bid online for this with proceeds going to the charity Right To Play starting on Monday at:
http://righttoplay.akaraisin.com/gala/Event/PhotoGallery.aspx?seid=3115&mid=41

Or you can bid on this LIVE (with me there!) at the actual charity event next Thursday at the Barneys Penthouse:
http://righttoplay.akaraisin.com/common/Event/About.aspx?seid=3115&mid=58

Flat Broke and a US Olympian (A Follow Up)

Wow, did not expect as much reaction to my article, Flat Broke and a US Olympian, but Worth It!  First, thank you to all the people who commented and sent words of encouragement via email and on the blog (20 comments and counting!).  Truly means  a lot to know that I have so many people rooting for me and also that there are so many people who can relate during these hard economic times.

I received a lot of questions about, “Why did you write this?” and so I just wanted to take a moment to explain.   I did not write it to bash anyone , to solicit donations or for sympathy.    I wanted to describe as realistically as possible the challenges facing many small sport Olympians since my story is far from unique.    I also think (hoping) that things are about to turn around and so even for myself, I wanted to remember just how challenging it has been especially now.

While I didn’t write it for donations, a number of people gave afterwards and others have done so over the past year so let me just say a big THANK YOU to David Raney, Delia Turner, Ann Gibert, Anthony Moore, Linda Dunn, Jimahn Choi, fencing.net, Kathryn Bone, Philip Hedges, and James Dobbins.  And, a super special thanks to BRUCE!

If you’ d like to sponsor or donate:
http://www.timmorehouse.com/sponsorship.html (Donations are tax-deductible)

As I mentioned yesterday, some good news to announce next week!