It was 2000-2003 when www.fencingsucks.com
was at the height of its “prominence” in the US fencing world.
Prominence=people posting nasty things anonymously
about each other on its bulletin board. (The site still shows up as one of the top items when you Google Search “fencing”)
A typical post would be, “X Fencer sucks! He’s ugly and has no fencing skills.” Yes, I was posted about a few times…always fun. The website was a chance for people t cowards to smear others from the shadows…and sadly there were a decent amount of people who liked to do that!
I’m not sure how many people actually visited the site, but it was a decent amount …even admitting you went to the website was something you didn’t do without worrying you would be judged…except you would usually discover that whoever you mentioned it too also had been to the website…and then you’d feel better.(but still dirty!)
The website slowly died out as people discovered other things to occupy their time and people got craftier with tracking down IP addresses and identities and those nasty posters began to think twice…and then the bulletin board was eventually shut down. There are still pictures there and some humor, but not much else…
So, do you have a fencingsucks.com story? Who was behind that website anyway? (email me!)
I don’t know how I missed this…
From the K-Swiss Website:
Sylwia Gruchala is the new female face of K•Swiss. The strikingly beautiful fencing champion from Poland has recently aligned herself with the major sports brand, and is featured in various K•Swiss advertising campaigns around the globe. http://www.k-swiss.com.au/ks_news_sylwia.php
So far we’ve got Margherita Granbassi (ITA) in Nike ads (which ran in NYC btw), Aldo Montano in body wash and fashion advertisements and Sylwia Gruchala with K•Swiss. Go Fencing!
Now, all we need is a US athlete to partner with a big brand for an advertising campaign!!!
Olympic Silver Medalist in fencing James William’s portrait by America’s Next Top Model Judge/fashion photographer Nigel Barker.
You can bid online for this picture with proceeds going to the charity Right To Play starting on Monday at:
Or you can bid on this LIVE (with me there!) at the actual charity event next Thursday at the Barneys Penthouse: