In case you were wondering, the US men’s saber team is now in Budapest, Hungary for the first Grand Prix of the season! Just arrived today and competing tomorrow!
James Williams, Ben Igoe, Daryl Homer, Mike Etropolski, Andrew Fischl, Jeff Spear and myself make up the 8-man US contingent. We arrived today, checked our equipment and just finished eating dinner down the street from our hotel. Already in bed and preparing for battle!
There are 141 competitors from around the globe. This is usually the hardest world cup of the season and pretty much everyone is here from China, Korea, France, Russia, Italy etc.
This is the 2nd of 11 world cups for team USA to decide the US National Team which will compete at the World Championships in November in Paris, France. The team is based on points accumulated at these events.
Alexey Yakimenko (former world #1) of Russia is still out with an injured knee and will not compete.
Ben Igoe , currently ranked 16 in the world, finished 3rd here last year and will need to have a strong result to maintain that ranking since this competition is making up a large portion of his international points.
Andrew Fischl is making his Grand Prix debut for Team USA.
Ben Igoe (ranked 16th) and Tim Morehouse (ranked 15th) have a bye from day 1 competition
Former World Champion Lukashenko of Ukraine is coaching the Japanese team.
** Tomorrow is the first day of competition and there will be 3 rounds of pools at 9am, 10:30am and noon followed by direct elimination bouts to determine 48 competitors moving onto the second day and who will join the worlds top-16. Sunday is team event.
I will be twittering live action at: http://www.twitter.com/timmorehouse