NEW YORK WORLD CUP OF FENCING BEGINS TOMORROW!

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

PRESS RELEASE ON EVENT:

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  

Watch the NY World Cup Finals Streaming Live on Saturday!

I believe this is the first time that the US World Cup has been streamed live in any capacity so kudos to the NYAC  and USA Fencing folks for making this happen.  The press release is below.

Watch the New York Saber World Cup Finals Live on Saturday

(New York City, N.Y.) – Fencing fans from around the world can watch the medal bouts of the New York Saber World Cup live on Saturday at www.usfencing.org.

In conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Committee and Echo Entertainment, both the women’s and men’s semifinal and final bouts will be aired beginning at 7:30 p.m. EDT via Webcast from the New York Athletic Club in New York City.

More than 350 athletes will be vying for Olympic qualifying points at one of the world’s most prestigious events and 26 past World and Olympic medalists are scheduled to take fence this weekend.

 

Olympian Tim Morehouse to Host 80th Annual AAU Sullivan Awards on April 14th at NYAC

I’m very excited to have been selected as the master of ceremony for this years 80th annual  AAU Sullivan Awards honoring our country’s most outstanding amateur athletes.    Past award winners have included, Tim Tebow, Sarah Hughes, Paul Hamm and Michael Phelps.

This years finalists are Clint Moore, Amy Pamiero-Winters, Megan Hodge, Erin Hamlin, Angela Blizzari and Zak Boggs.  The top 14 nominees were selected from submissions to the AAU Sullivan Committee. Then America voted for their favorite athlete online at USA Today combined with ballots from National Governing Bodies’, Members of the Media and D1 Sports Information Directors.  (Athlete Bios for 2009 Finalists: http://aausullivan.com/nominate.html)

The winner will be announced on April 14th at the ceremony taking place at the New York Athletic Club.  The event will include an autograph session with the athletes from 5:30-6:30pm, buffet and beverages from 6pm-7pm and then the award ceremony starting at 7:15pm with Olympic Figure Skating Champion Sarah Hughes presenting the winner with their award.

You can purchase tickets at: http://aausullivan.com/dinnerreg.html

The AAU Sullivan Awards
Known as the ” Oscar” of sports awards, and older than The Heisman, the AAU Sullivan Award honors the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. It has been presented annually by the AAU since 1930 as a salute to founder and past president of the Amateur Athletic Union.

Where in the World is Men’s Saber? (A: Budapest World Cup 2010!)

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.  

Notable:
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