Olympic News: Team USA Fencer Daria Schneider to undergo eye Surgery as part of the LASIK FOR GOLD Program.

US National Team member Daria Schneider recently posted on her facebook fan page:

Just put on what will probably be my last pair of contacts EVER!!! So excited to be a part of LASIK For The Gold! Follow my journey to 20 20 vision without the help of contacts on my facebook fan page Daria Hyla Schneider! I’m scheduled for surgery next Thursday at EyeCare 20/20!

Daria is participating in a program that has now helped numerous Olympians to receive free Lasik eye surgery in hopes of improving their performance via improved vision.

About the Program:

In the fall of 2009, Dr. Silverman treated 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist BMX rider Jill Kintner. Since then, word of Dr. Silverman’s services has spread and athletes from sports of all sorts, from across the country, have traveled to EyeCare 20/20’s state-of-the-art facilities for their own LASIK surgery. 

EyeCare 20/20 has a great deal of respect for those athletes who choose to dedicate themselves to their respective sports simply for the love of the game. For all of these kids, it’s not about the money, because for most of them compete in sports that have very little potential for financial gain. They do what they do because they love to compete, because they want to be the best, because they want to test themselves against the top athletes in the world their sport has to offer to see where they stand. We admire that a great deal and are honored to play even a small part in helping them accomplish their dreams. For these athletes, the gold medal is indicative of the highest level of accomplishment in sport. That’s why we created LASIK For The Gold.

Check out their website: http://www.lasikforthegold.com/

What do you think of this interesting program?





One of the Biggest Stories of the London 2012 Olympics WILL be a USA Fencer; Maybe Not the one you’d expect

Olympic Hopeful Ibtihaj Muhammed is poised to become a global story and potentially the most famous fencer in USA history if she can qualify for the London 2012 Games.

She would be the first practicing female Muslim on the US Olympic team to compete in a Hijab and the power of this story is MASSIVE on so many levels.

#1  HEALING: At a time when there is a lot of prejudice and misunderstanding of Muslims in the USA, she’d be position as an Olympian to help change millions of people’s opinions in our country.    A US Olympic hero who is a practicing Muslim.  What could be more powerful/timely than that?

#2 ROLE MODEL: In the Middle Eastern world,(where I can’t claim to be an expert) but I know there are big issues around women’s rights and here she would be a powerful female Muslim role model to millions of women.

#3 EXPERT: The 2012 Olympics will be taking place during Ramadan.   So, there will be a lot of press about muslim athletes competing while having to practice their faith.  This also lends another opportunity to educate people and she has been great in recent interviews explaining her training, her faith and challenges.

Even months out of the Olympics now, Ibti has been profiled by the Wall Street Journal in an article Title “Fencer With Headscarf Is a Cut Above the Rest”, ESPN Magazine and now a profile in Essence Magazine.(Below)  In addition, she’s just been asked to speak at the ESPN 2011 Summit.

On a purely marketing/PR/sponsorship front, this is a golden opportunity for Ibti to propel herself as a brand, and spokesperson.  She would be  hero to many people by being such a ground-breaker.  There will be no shortage of opportunities there.

The key for her, will likely be managing the  opportunities and press (not if she’ll get it. She will) and all the added pressure that comes along with the attention.   It is very easy under the microscope to make even a tiny error when speaking and few fencer’s have ever had that kind of attention.  There will also be the added pressure to perform with the added expectations.   I hope she has someone that can help guide her through what will be a very exciting, challenging and potentially life changing year for her.

Right now, 2x-Olympic Champion Mariel Zagunis leads the qualifying and is a virtual lock and Daria Schneider is in 2nd place, with a small but decent sized lead over Ibti and Dagmara.  World Championships will be a hugely important tournament for all four of them in determining who will go.

US Fencing has an amazing opportunity here, with Mariel going for a 3rd gold medal, having pulled in Nike and TD Ameritrade as sponsors and if Ibti qualifies as well, to get fencing exposure like never before.    And, there are also other great stories to highlight as well with other members of the team.

Now, how is this for a possibility: She has the type of story that with the right politic and representation at the Olympics from our sport’s representatives, she could be the flag bearer for the entire US Olympic team!  Imagine the impact of having a Muslim American women leading in team USA into the Open Ceremonies? Amazing!

It is only too bad women’s saber team doesn’t have an event this Olympics, because then Mariel, Daria, Daga and Ibti would all be going for sure at this point.

Regardless, stay tuned for this amazing developing story…

I apologize for any typos or lack of clarity, I’ve been meaning to write this for awhile and chose 1am while I’m in Germany at a training camp to do it!

Go Mariel, Ibti, Daria, Daga and all of Team USA!

You can follow her on FB here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ibtihaj-Muhammad/165214850191487

NYC World Cup of Fencing: Day 1 Summary and Match-Ups Set For Team USA for Day 2!

On the men’s side, Jeff Spear (5-1) and Tim Morehouse (6-0) went directly out of the pools ranked 5th and 15th respectively.  Ben Igoe (5-1), Mike Etropolski (5-1), Daryl Homer (3-3) and Avery Zuck (2-4) advance through DEs to the 64 as well.

NY World Cup Men’s Pools Flight 3: Tim Morehouse advanced to the 64, 6-0. U.S. results: James Williams (4-2), Aleksander Ochocki (4-2), Andrew Fischl (4-2), Eric Arzoian (4-2), Evan Prochniak (3-3), Adrian Bak (3-3), John Hallsten (2-4), Zackery Brown (2-4), Rienzi Gokea (2-4), Charles Copti (2-4), Isaac Buchwald (2-4), Adam Mandel (2-4), Dennis Dukhalov (2-4), Peter Pak (1-5) & Teddy Weller (1-5)

180+ fencers and 20+ countries.  It was quite a battle ROYAL!

On the women’s side, Daria Schneider, Monica Aksamit, Sage Palmedo, Kamali Thompson and Skyla Powers made it into table of 64. They will join Mariel ZagunisIbtihaj Muhammad and Dagmara Wozniak tomorrow!

Day 2 Match Ups for Men and Women: http://usfencing.org/events/7135


Here we go! GO TEAM USA! Wish us LUCK!


From June 24 to June 26, 2010,  the New York Athletic Club will partner with the US Fencing Association and the World Fencing Federation, to host one of only ten international Olympic Qualification events for London 2012.    All matches will be held at the New York Athletic Club’s venerable location on Central Park South.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and the top ranked fencer in the world Mariel Zagunis, 2008 Olympic silver medalists James Williams and Tim Morehouse, and the rest of the US team will compete for spots on the 2012 US Olympic Team.  The competition will also feature hundreds of the best fencers in the world and Olympic hopefuls from over 30 countries for individual and team qualification events.  This is the first time a fencing world cup will be held at the New York Athletic Club since the 1980s and is the first international Olympic qualification event for any sport ever to be held at the club.

FOR MORE INFO: NYAC.Fencing.Club@gmail.com
or at US Fencing Website: www.usfencing.org  

Team USA Women’s Saber: Wozniak Wins Silver and Schneider Bronze!

Gent Saber World Cup Podium: Dagmara Wozniak (left) won silver and Daria Schneider (far right) won bronze!
Ibtihaj Muhammad also finished in the top-8 losing a close one to 2009 Junior World silver medalist Irene Vecchi (ITA), 15-13.  Mariel Zagunis finished in the top-32.
Great day for Team USA! Congrats!

Daria Schneider’s Fencing Fitness Tips For Self Magazine!

The best workout you’re not doing!

Monday, November 15, 2010 at 1:57 PM
|  posted by Liz Miersch
Here are your clues:

1. You have to wear protective gear
2. You must carry a weapon
3. You will tone your butt and legs like never before!
And the magical mystery workout is…
FENCING! (You’ll have to go to the link below to find out all the juicy fitness tips!)


GO DARIA!  This is all part of our promo campaign for fencing and Fencing Masters NYC! Hope you’ll be joining us! www.fencingmastersnyc.com/tickets.html