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  

The Brooklyn Bridge+Marriot Hotel+Olympic Fencers= The World Cup of Fencing in New York!

Breaking News

The location of the New York World Cup of Fencing will be Brooklyn!   

The new Marriot Hotel located right over the Brooklyn Bridge will play host to the competition which will feature Olympians from around the around the world vying for the Gold!

2004 Olympic Men’s Champion Aldo Montano of Italy, 2008 Olympic Men’s Champion Zhong of China and two-time Olympic champion from the USA Mariel Zagunis are just some of the big names expected to compete.  

Fencing in New York has never been hotter….clubs and school programs opening around the city, a successful fencing program in Bryant Park and a plethora of 2012 Olympic hopeful athletes living and training right here in the city!  It’s also one of the few Olympic sports with significant numbers of athletes training here in NYC!

With two of fencing’s strongest marketers, Peter Westbrook and some random fencing guy with a blog in NYC, a USOC marketing office excited to promote sports like fencing, 35+ public school city fencing programs, numerous private schools and clubs with fencing, nearly a dozen plus fencing Olympians who call the city home, enthusiastic ethnic groups who’d die to see a home-town olympic heroes competing, tons of celebrities who’ve fenced and would come out to premiere event like thius, and numerous businesses to impress this could be a very special tournament for US fencing…if its done right.

If this is any indicator, on May 13th I’m helping to host a charity event featuring fencing photography and 100+ people are paying $150 dollars with a couple of corporate sponsors kicking in money as well.  That’s just for photography!   I’m sure 1000+ people in NYC would pay $20 bucks to see the worlds best fencers and enjoy an evening with the sport, words from past Olympians, and a little showmanship thorwn it…

The Italian community in NY would turn out in droves to watch Montano, so would the Chinese of Olympic Champion Zhong!   We just need to run the tournament with the understanding of just how much value fencing has and create a great experience for people and let them know it’s happening!

So, with this critical media/sponsor perfect event only 2 months away…

1) who is in charge of promotion, PR and ticket sales?  

2) Where is the website to send people to buy tickets and to get information?

3)  What stories are we pitching and are we doing targeted outreach to ethnic newspapers and other outlets?

4) What events are we doing as a lead up to drive promotion and attendance?
Fencing Week in NYC” has a nice ring to it.

I’d like to help and so would many other people.  I could sell 100 tickets at $20 bucks for a finals easy.

James Williams Paces US Fencers with Top16 Result at the Budapest World Cup of Fencing.

James Williams lead the US fencing team with a 12th place result at the Budapest, Hungary result.   He defeated Olympic Champion Aldo Montano 15-9 in the of 64, Kuniusz of Poland 15-5 in the round of 32 before falling 15-8 to Zalomir of Romania.  This is the second competition in a row that Zalomir has eliminated Williams.

His teammates, Tim Morehouse fell in the round of 32 14-15 to Iliasz (HUN) after defeating Perros (CAN) 15-12 in the round of 64.  Ben Igoe lost 14-15 to Beijing Olympic Champion Zhong (CHN) and Mike Etropolski fell 11-15 to Zalomir. (ROM)

 

Rares Dumetrescu of Romania captured the Gold medal over Gu of Korea.   Zalomir (ROM) and Iliasz (HUN) finished tied for third.

The entire ranking Tableu of the competition can be found here: http://www.hunfencing.hu/images/stories/hirek/2010/gkkend/tableau_b8.htm

The team event begins early tomorrow so I’m off to bed and will write more tomorrow.  We fence Japan in the round of 16.  Daryl Homer, Ben Igoe, James Williams and Tim Morehouse will make up the US team.