Just another reason to: GO TEAM USA!!!!
This is a very exciting day for me with the release of the MOREHOUSE USA ELITE fencing shoes by Absolute Fencing.
I always dreamed of having a shoe named after me! I’m giddy. Thank you to Absolute Fencing (Gary and Amanda and the whole team there) for being so supportive of me and so visionary about where we can take our sport.
These are also a great pair of fencing shoes at a price ($75) that should be affordable to everyone in our community without sacrificing on quality and design.
I’ll be signing autographs and shoes in St. Louis if you’re there from 12-3pm on Saturday and Sunday! More exciting things in the works will be coming soon! -Tim
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lynn Plage (612) 803-2165
THREE-TIME OLYMPIC TEAM MEMBER TIM MOREHOUSE MAKES
HISTORY WITH MOREHOUSE USA ELITE FENCING SHOE
Absolute Fencing, a leading fencing equipment company, is naming a shoe after Olympic silver medalist Tim Morehouse
NEW YORK — Olympic silver medalist Tim Morehouse has become the first U.S. fencing athlete to have a shoe named after him. The “Morehouse USA Elite” shoe, which will be produced by Absolute Fencing, a leading fencing equipment company, will go on sale this week. Morehouse will personally autograph the first 100 pairs of shoes available for the first time at the St. Louis North American Cup Oct. 12-15.
The shoes, which will retail at $75 (compared to more than $150 or more for most fencing shoes) will be available at the Absolute Fencing website (www.absolutefencinggear.com). A special promotional rate of $69.99 will be available until the end of October. A portion of the proceeds from the shoe sales will benefit Fencing in the Schools, Morehouse’s foundation whose mission is to bring the sport of fencing to schools around the country to fight obesity and spread Olympic ideals.
“I think this is a great move on Absolute Fencing’s part,” said Morehouse, who won an Olympic silver medal in Beijing and is the only remaining active U.S. male Olympic medalist fencer on Team USA. “They’re supporting an athlete and also helping to market their shoes to the community. This is a win-win.”
Morehouse says his mission to grow the sport involves making it more accessible and affordable. “What I love about these shoes is that they are not just the best pair I’ve ever worn, but also priced in way that is affordable for everyone,” he says.
Founded by Gary Lu, a former national team member and four-time All-American fencer at Penn State, Absolute Fencing is a family-owned business that has been supporting USA Fencing, and is the official equipment provider to major fencing events worldwide including the 2011 World University Games and 2010 Asian Games. Absolute also sponsors the US Fencing academic scholarships program to top academic fencers.
“Tim has been one of our country’s greatest Olympians, but the reason we love him is that he has been one of our best ambassadors and role models,” Lu said. “We’re honored to be working with him, and we want to help him promote fencing and reach more kids and people across the country.”
In addition to Morehouse’s trips to the Olympic Games, he is a two-time U.S. National Champion (2010, 2011) and recently was honored as a “Champion For Change” at the White House for his service to the country with the Teach For America Program. Morehouse recently authored American Fencer: Modern Lessons from an Ancient Sport (www.americanfencer.com), a book that chronicles his journey from the streets of Washington Heights to the Olympic podium and he is currently on a promotional tour around the country to spread fencing and fight childhood obesity.(www.timmorehouse.com)
New York — Aldo Montano (ITA) notched his 2nd world cup victory in a row defeating Won (KOR) in the semi-finals and then Apithy (FRA) in the finals. For team USA, Tim Morehouse finished 6th and Daryl Homer 8th (his first finals) to lead team usa in the men’s saber event. In the round of 64 team USA had some hard luck with Ben Igoe losing a close match 15-14 to Gu (KOR), Etropolski falling 15-13 to Pastore (FRA) and Nydham falling 15-14 to Murolo (ITA). Dan Bak and Jeff Spear also fell in the round of 64.
Did you know President Obama fenced in front of the White House and that he says he loves the sport?
That our women’s saber team swept the medals at the Beijing Olympics and that overall team USA fencing took home 6 medals at the Games?
That the hit ABC show Modern Family has an entire episode based around the sport? (And many other shows have done the same!)
That fencing is featured in numerous advertisements around the world?
That fencing is a hot sport done by hundreds of thousands of people in the USA alone in clubs, after-school programs, high school teams, in the NCAA and other places? (And yes, that’s Natalie Portman fencing above)
Fencing is one of the greatest sports in the world and I’m hoping you’ll help me spread the word! Since we’re not on television a lot, it’s essential that we have a strong presence online. I’m working to centralize as many fun resources, pictures and articles as possible, but we need to be organized to grow and we all need to be involved!
WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
1) Please follow me on twitter: www.twitter.com/timmorehouse (For updates on the USA Olympic and National teams and other fun fencing stuff)
2) Join the 100,000 Fencers Facebook group: (CLICK HERE) (To show our strength in numbers and share resources!)
3) Tweet/Blog about our sport and feel free to
Send me good fencing stories and pictures and I’ll post them!
Hot of the Facebook presses from National Team Member (and all around awesome girl) Dagmara Wozniak. She just checked-in with some exciting news from the women’s saber team in China…
Mariel lost to Velikaya RUS 15-7 for the gold medal bout. Daria lost to Gavrilova 15-9 or 10 to make 32. Monika and I lost to make the 16. I lost to a korean girl (Kim) 15-14 and i was up 13-10 :(. Monika lost to a Chinese girl 15-7. Tomorrow is team..so we will redeem ourselves. best of luck to you guys! !
Similar to the situation in men’s saber, the women now have 1 world cup left in Dallas with the final 2 National Team spots being tightly contested between Monica Aksamit, Daria Schneider and Alexis Jemal.