NY Times Vows: Rachael Kun and Tim Morehouse Wedding “And little did she know that Cupid’s arrow was actually a sword.”

Link to the article: (This will be in print on Sunday)


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New York Times Profile on Adrienne Jarocki | From Beauty Queen to Fencing Champion

Nice profile in the NY Times on up and coming women’s saber fencer Adrenne Jarocki who trains at Sheridan Fencing Academy with my buddy Coach Jason Sheridan.

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/sports/adrienne-jarocki-teenage-fencing-champion.html?_r=1

Really great to see young fencers with such ambitious goals.  And, to back up the hype, she won the Cadet AND Junior competitions this past weekend in Austin, Texas! Congrats Adrienne!

NY Times Weekend Miser: Free Fencing Lessons, Yoga and Ballet

Nice article in the New York Times about the free fencing classes in Bryant Park as well as some of the other free activities you can find to do in NYC this summer.  Pictured above is Coach Sergey Isayenko from Manhattan Fencing Center teaching a new student.

The classes have been mostly adults and sold out each week!


Wheelchair Fencing Program Dicussed in NY Times

The NY Times has a great article today about a wheelchair fencing program in New Jersey.   Enjoy! -Tim

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. — “Circle six, parry four, parry, riposte,” Mickey Zeljkovic chanted, running Bianca Hollywood, 13, through her fencing moves.

Bianca has spina bifida and a pronounced S curve to her spine. But when she wears her mask and lamé, the underjacket that conducts electricity during fencing bouts, she can compete with fencers who can walk, as well as those who cannot.
 (Read MORE: :http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/12/nyregion/12fencing.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion)

Obama Picture on TMZ Website! (WITH A TWIST!)

Obama with lightsaber
Today, the picture of Obama fencing with me appeared in the NY Post, Wall Street Journal, NY Times, USA Today, LA Times and countless other newspapers both print and online…(I got 500 emails today from around the world! Crazy!)

But, I have to say that making it onto the TMZ site was very cool!   TMZ’s crack staff found something a lot of people missed in the picture!!!

A guy picking his nose in the background! Whoops! (I was glad to play a supporting role in this picture!)

Here’s how they reported it: http://www.tmz.com/2009/09/17/oba-ma-kenobi-senses-disturbance-in-the-force/

New FIE President on the Cover of Sunday Times Business…Yikes!

Struggling Oligarchs Deripaska, Usmanov, Potanin, Fridman and Vekselberg
Struggling Oligarchs Deripaska, Usmanov, Potanin, Fridman and Vekselberg

Post by Jason Rogers

You can imagine my surprise when I opened up the Sunday NY Times, and smack on the cover of the business page was the cherub face of the newly elected president of the International Fencing Federation (aka. FIE – Federation Internationale D’Escrime). “Well, hmm…” I thought to myself, “I don’t really see this going anywhere good,” but it wasn’t until I read the words “Alisher B. Usmanov. Debt: $4.8 billion to various western and Russian banks” that my jaw hit the table. Certainly in this economy, everyone is hurting, and most businesses are hemorrhaging money,  but it would take the entire GDP of Estonia to get this guy back in the black. Yikes!

Basically, the situation is this: Most of these guys who swooped in the early stages of privatization in Russia are highly leveraged, and so most of their wealth is wrapped up in their companies. Very few have a sizable assets that are liquid with the exception of handful such as, Roman Abramovich, the infamous Chelsea Football Club owner, who sold his company Sibneft Oil and left Russia for the West. And so with the slow down of the economy, these wealth wielding demi-gods are finding it hard to make their monthly payments (it’s a bit tougher than making rent with your dealing with numbers that have 10 more zeros on the end), and many are asking for a moratorium on their payments. They are now in such dire straits that the men pictured above met at the Kremlin in January to propose “merging their assets” and in return “the government would refinance billions in Western bank debt.”

So, what does this mean for us? Truthfully, I have no speculation to offer, but I do know that the international fencing community has an important quadrenium ahead of us. If we are going to make the big push that it will take to get the two extra Olympic team event medals (the International Olympic Committee refused to allow Fencing to have more medals when it added Women’s Sabre to the Olympics, and so two teams must sit out) and to continue to show our relevance in the age of the extreme sports, we need someone with some serious clout to be behind that push. Usmanov is quoted in the article as saying “the crisis determined the situation.” Well, let us hope that it doesn’t determine ours as well.

Read the Full NY Times Article