Last night at the US National Championships 3-time Olympic coach Yury Gelman was inducted into the USFA Fencing Hall of Fame at a ceremony conducted at the Atlanta Georgia World Congress Center.
Yury, owner and coach at the Manhattan Fencing Center, led to the US Men’s Saber team to a Silver Medal at the Beijing Olympics, his student Keeth Smart was the first American male to become #1 in world, his student Akhi Spencer-El was the first American male to become #1 ranked Junior fencer in the world. Including, Sr., Jr and Cadet along with NCAAs he has accumulated over 50+ National Championships. Since 1998 at the US Nationals, all but one (where he did not attend) was won by one of his students: Dave Mandell, Keeth Smart, Ivan Lee, Tim Hagamen and Tim Morehouse.
Guests at the ceremony included, Arkady Burdan, Sada Jacobson, Brendan Baby, Henry Hartunian, Steve Sobal, Carl Borack, Andy Shaw, newly appointed executive director Greg Dilworth, Brad Baker, Kalle Weeks along with countless other members of the fencing community.
Congratulations to Yury and as he said at the ceremony, “I’m not done yet!”