FENCING RUMORS & GOSSIP

Hurley Sisters commit to fencing in their third Olympics together

It looks like fencing will continue to be a family affair for U.S. bronze medalists Kelley and Courtney Hurley. On Tuesday, the sisters announced that Kelley will not be retiring, and they will be training together for Tokyo 2020. Last year, Kelley, 29, had questioned whether she would continue on competing or pursuing another career. The San Antonio native envisioned herself going...
Via Excelle Sports
April 04, 2017

Fencing: Lee Kiefer, Nicole Ross go 1-2 in women’s foil grand prix

Lee Kiefer and Nicole Ross earned gold and silver in the women’s foil grand prix. Kiefer defeated her American teammate, 15-8, in the final Saturday in Torino, Italy. It was the first time Team USA took the top two spots on the podium in a women’s foil grand prix event. Kiefer, ranked third in the world, advanced to the semifinals after she defeated Camilla Rivano of Italy ...
Via Excelle Sports
December 04, 2016

Dagmara Wozniak helps lead U.S. fencing team to Bronze medal

The U.S. women's fencing contingent came into the Olympic team sabre event Saturday with a chip on their shoulders after coming away disappointed and empty handed in the individual competitions. But as team, they found reason to celebrate after winning the bronze medal, beating Italy 45-30 and matching the 2008 bronze-medal finish in Beijing. Led by a determined veterans Dagmara...
Via The Other Paper
August 14, 2016

Irish in the Olympics Day 7: Hurley sisters finish Games

Back in action at the Olympics after competing in the individual epee, Notre Dame alums Courtney and Kelley Hurley could not boost the U.S. to a team medal on Thursday. Only two former Irish athletes competed at the Rio Games on Thursday, as the sisters Hurley came back to the fencing strip in an attempt […] Irish in the Olympics Day 7: Hurley sisters finish Games - Slap the Sign...
Via Slap the Sign
August 12, 2016

Daryl Homer wins silver in men's sabre

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The United States saw a pair of fencers put themselves in position to win unprecedented gold medals at the Rio Games. Neither came through. But simply getting to the finals helped show how far the Americans have come in a sport where they've long struggled. Third-ranked Aron Szilagyi of Hungary beat upstart U.S. fencer Daryl Homer to win gold in men's sabre...
Via Associated Press
August 10, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Stanford Fencing: Alexander Massialas eager for another shot at Olympic fencing medal

Stanford fencer Alexander Massialas talks about his new approach heading into the Rio Games and how he's taking the time to enjoy himself with his American teammates. (Courtesy of Cronkite Sports Bureau)
Via Stanford Cardinal Athletics
August 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Italy's Garozzo stuns Massialas, wins gold in men's foil

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Italian Daniele Garozzo stunned top-ranked American Alexander Massialas to win the gold medal Sunday in men's foil fencing. Garozzo beat Massialas - who was seeking to become the first American man to win at the Olympics in the modern version of the sport - 15-11 to give Italy its second gold of the Rio Games. Massialas rallied from six points down in the...
Via Associated Press
August 07, 2016  |  Discuss

USA's Nzingha best chance to be first black woman to win fencing Olympic medal

“I don’t like to fight people…but you can’t get by without fighting.” The words are chilling, yet ring true like bars from Nas in his earlier, grittier days. It’s the words of Nzingha Prescod, the #2 ranked women’s foil fencer in the United States, and she’s the best chance an African-American woman has ever had in attaining a medal at the Olympics. Last year...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
August 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Nzingha Prescod on fighting for gold and diversity in fencing

Brooklyn native Nzingha Prescod is known as the first African American woman to win an individual medal at the World Championships in 2015. But now the 23-year-old is headed to the Rio and her eye is on that Olympic gold medal. Training day in and day out, Prescod is nothing but focused, and along the way, her presence is inspiring young girls to try a sport that hasn’t had the...
Via Excelle Sports
August 05, 2016

Fencing star Valentina Vezzali ends career with silver medal

Italian fencing great Valentina Vezzali's career ended Tuesday after she helped the nation win a silver medal at the team world championships in Rio De Janeiro. Vezzali, a six-time Olympic champion, had previously announced that the world championships would be her last appearance on the piste. But Russia defeated the Italians 45-39 in women's foil - just a year after losing to...
Via Associated Press
April 26, 2016  |  Discuss
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