I just got back from Philly where I competed in a USA Vs. the World tournament…we lost 30-22, but it was a great show for the 500 or so spectators at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
Some great pictures posted on http://www.fencing.net on the fencing tournament and also on the FIE Congress which brought together the heads of 120+ countries to discuss the future of fencing.
Some great pictures taken by Serge and Amy Timachef at http://www.fencingphotos.com
Check out the album:
By Craig Harkins (www.fencing.net) Thompson knocks off teammate Seth Kelsey on the way to his podium finish.
Soren Thompson entered the top-64 at the Challenge Bernadotte faced off against teammate and #5 seed Seth Kelsey. He defeated Kelsey 9-8 and then went on to take 3rd place. Kelsey was not the only big upset as France’s Gauthier Grumier lost in the round of 64.
The 2011 Challenge Bernadotte grew to 191 fencers, hailing from 43 nations. That’s an increase from the 2010 number of just 27 nations.
Congrats to Mariel!
Mariel Zagunis continued her march to London 2012 with a commanding performance in the finals in Orleans, France. She defeated the Cecilia Berder (FRA) 15-4 in the final bout in front of an audience of 5,000. In the semi-finals, Zagunis dispatched Russian Sohpia Velikaia 15-5. Velikaia’s teammate, Ekaterina Diatchenko (RUS) tied with Velikaia for 3rd.
READ FULL ARTICLE: http://www.fencing.net/3904/mariel-zagunis-wins-orleans-sabre-world-cup/)
I’m very please to announce that NIKE has come onboard as a sponsor of Fencing Masters NYC!
Joining our other great sponsors BistroMDsports, Bodhizone, Dayton and Sydney Wealth Management Group, Blue Gauntlet Fencing and Fencing.Net.
As part of the deal, all of the competing athletes in the main event will be receiving apparel packages as well as smaller apparel packages for the Expo Qualifier Championship participants. (The winner of that will get the bigger package as well!) Plus, they are providing additional support!
I hope you’ll be joining us for this amazing night of fencing which will showcase our sport and support our Olympic Hopefuls!
For Tickets: www.fencingmastersnyc.com/tickets.html
Special thanks to Craig Harkins!
Fencing doesn’t have a bigger champion than Craig Harkins, the owner and founder of fencing.net.
Craig has generously contributed to the FENCING MASTERS NYC and I can’t thank him enough for his support throughout the years and now with this endeavor!
I hope you’ll be joining Craig on Nov. 17th at Hammerstein Ballroom for a really special night of Olympic competition in support of Olympic Hopefuls…(maybe something that hasn’t happened since the 1980s might occur?)
Fun day at the venue today signing autographs and sharing the National Championship trophy at the http://www.fencing.net table at the Georgia Congress Center. Got to meet and sign autographs for several hundred folks .(All so nice!) I’ll be there tomorrow again from 1-3pm time frame.
Special thanks to BistroMDSport and fencing.net (Craig Harkins) for providing the space and the cool President Obama fencing cards for me to sign! (I’ll be talking more about this great company that’s sponsoring me in the weeks to come!)
Also, special thanks to Jessica for helping me out all day and good luck in your competition tomorrow!
I will be giving away cards (pictured above), signing autographs, taking pictures and displaying the Men’s Saber National Championship trophy at the Fencing Championships tomorrow 12-3pm at the FENCING.NET Table at the Georgia Congress Center.
The free give-away is brought to you by my new sponsor www.BistroMdSport.com! I’ll be talking more about this amazing company that has partnered with me in the near future, but for now…COME ON DOWN AND SAY HI!