Cool Fencing Pictures of the Day: USA Men’s Epee World Champions by Mike Dote

Check out some great photographs from Michael Dote of our world championship men’s epee fencers Seth Kelsey (above) and Soren Thompson (below).

They’ll both be competing at Fencing Masters: Kick-Off to London on Tuesday, June 26!

Come catch the World Champions LIVE:

Fencing Masters Posters and T-Shirts are Coming Soon!

Posters, t-shirts and other promotional materials will be rolling out soon!

I hope you’ll be joining us for Fencing Masters: Kick-Off to London on June 26, 2012 featuring most of the US Olympic Fencing team competing in London 2012. (Great 1/2 price deal going on now for floor seats!)

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Fencing Masters: Kick-Off to London 2012 (Official Press Release)

Dear Friends,

We’re officially launching Fencing Masters: Kick-Off to London 2012!  Please see our press release below.  Have some special things in store to help promote our great sport!

Please note a really great offer, for the next 2-weeks only the $70 Floor Seats will be 50% off!  Hope you’ll join us for a spectacular evening with our 2012 London Olympic Team! -Tim




Tickets go on sale for Olympic tune-up event today


NEW YORK — En garde!

New York City is getting ready to host the largest U.S. spectator fencing tournament leading up to the Olympic Games this summer in London. Fencing Masters: Kick-Off to London 2012 will feature some of the sport’s biggest names including two-time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis and World bronze medalist Lee Kiefer, as they take on top contenders from around the world in a tune-up event for London.

Tickets go on sale today and can be purchased at

Fencing Masters, the only regularly televised fencing competition in the United States, will be held June 26 in the Hammerstein Ballroom. The inaugural Fencing Masters attracted more than 1,800 spectators and was televised on SportsNet NY. Sponsorship dollars and ticket sales provided direct support for U.S. Olympic hopefuls.

The event will be done in complete New York style, featuring several amazing innovations to bring a night of enjoyment for those who are familiar to sport as well as for newcomers. Among the special features of the event are: large-screen instant replay, mask cams to bring the crowd inside the action, specially designed uniforms and a stage created by a Broadway set designer.

An initial six-weapon team has been announced, representing all three disciples of fencing: foil, epee and saber, with both the men and women competing together. A second U.S. team of London-bound American athletes will be announced in the coming months.

Among the headliners is Mariel Zagunis, a two-time Olympic Champion in women’s saber who is certain to be among America’s top medal hopes again this summer in London.

“The Fencing Masters is a great chance for us to show the spirit and skill of the U.S. team on our own soil before we leave for the London Games,” Zagunis said. “I’m really looking forward to competing with some of the world’s best fencers. Hopefully people from all around the country will support us and join in our enthusiasm for fencing!”

In women’s foil, Lee Kiefer will compete in the foil discipline, as will British-born U.S. citizen and New York City resident Miles Chamley-Watson, who achieved a No. 2 world ranking at the age of 20. Rounding out the initial team are New York Native saber-fencer Daryl Homer, who placed 15th at the 2010 World Championships, U.S. National women’s Epee Champion Courtney Hurley and 2004 Olympian Soren Thompson.

The format will be a team points relay with two U.S. teams of London bound athletes competing, along with an additional US team of Future Stars who will earn their spots in qualifying tournaments from around the country.   Two international squads of all-stars, whose line-ups will be announced in the coming months, will challenge the US teams for the Fencing Masters trophy.

“One of the goals I set after our Olympic team’s success play in Beijing was to help grow fencing in the United States while supporting our athletes and bringing the sport into the mainstream.  The sport is amazing to watch and I’m excited that more people in the US will be able to experience its beauty, grace and athleticism before London,” said Fencing Masters founder and 2008 Olympic silver medalist Tim Morehouse, who is vying for a spot on the U.S. team in London.

Proceeds from the event will support the Fencing-in-the-Schools program, which also was created by Morehouse to help start fencing programs in disadvantaged communities and which will be launched in the 2012-2013 calendar school year. In addition, proceeds also will be used to provide grants to help support the Olympic dreams of the U.S team going to London. The inaugural Fencing Masters provided $25,000 in grants to Olympic hopefuls.

The event is being produced by WCMG Events in partnership with the sport’s national governing body USA Fencing. Nike Fencing was named as an initial sponsor for the event with additional sponsor-related announcements coming in the upcoming months.

Press Inquiries Contact:
Lynn Plage: (612) 803-2165
Brittany Evans:  (303) 241-7073

Team USA Pan Am Championships ’11: Mariel Zagunis, Kelley Hurley, Lee Kiefer, Race Imboden, Daryl Homer and Soren Thompson win Gold!

Team USA has had a really great showing so far at Pan Ams capturing all the individual gold medals!  Also, the men’s epee and women’s saber captured gold today in the first day of team competition.

I’ve been a bit behind in blogging with my book stuff taking up my spare time! Super congrats to my saber teammate Daryl Homer for the gold medal in men’s saber!  James Williams and I finished in top-8 in men’s saber.

You can find all the results and details at:

I compete again on Saturday July 9 in the team event with my teammates Daryl Homer, James Williams, Ben Igoe and JEff Spear.  Men’s foil and women’s epee compete tomorrow.

Soren Thompson 3rd at 2011 Challenge Bernadotte (

By Craig Harkins ( 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.

Whole Article: