Like everyone else, I’m all about some Olympics. Particularly fencing, so it makes me happy to see that the first medals of this year’s Games come from the Women’s Sabre Team.
Three American fencers swept the women’s sabre finals on Saturday, winning the first three medals of the Olympics for the United States and at least temporarily investing this little-known sport, introduced to the Olympics in 2004, with some Errol Flynn-like glamour.
Mariel Zagunis, of Beaverton, Ore., defeated her teammate Sada Jacobson, of Dunwoody, Ga., to win the gold. And in the most thrilling bout of the evening, Becca Ward, from Portland, Ore., rallied to edge Russia’s Sofia Velikaya for the bronze.
Although, I’m not surprised Zagunis won the gold, since she did it in 2004 as well. I’m just glad to see a resurgence of American prominence in fencing. Prior to 2004 the U.S. hadn’t won a medal in fencing for a number of decades.
Congrats Ladies!!! Let’s hope Seth Kelsey can bring it home for Men’s Epee.
*** UPDATE ***
Not so much for Seth Kelsey. He went down in a blaze of glory 11-15 against Fabrice Jeannet of France.
Although, I have to say, kudos to NBC for having the live online coverage of all sports available HERE.