(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Olympians, World Champions and hopefuls for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will come one step closer to competing on the world’s largest stage during the December North American Cup in Salt Lake City this weekend.
The December NAC will feature more than 1,500 competitors fencing in men’s and women’s events for each of the sport’s three disciplines: epee, foil and saber. The tournament will serve as a key qualifier for the Tokyo Olympic Games with athletes in the Division I events competing for Olympic qualifying points towards the team that will be named in April. The NAC also includes team competitions and events for athletes ages 40-80+ as well as Division II events.
Competition will be held daily from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 per day or $15 for a full-tournament pass and are available at the door or at https://member.usafencing.org/store
. USA Fencing members with a supporting membership or higher are admitted free.
Among the athletes scheduled to compete in Salt Lake are the following Olympic medalists who will fence in the Division I events:
- Mariel Zagunis (Beaverton, Ore. / Women’s Saber), two-time Olympic Champion and five-time Senior World Champion
- Sada Jacobson (Atlanta, Ga. / Women’s Saber), three-time Olympic medalist and two-time Senior World Team Champion
- Daryl Homer (Bronx, N.Y. / Men’s Saber), 2016 Olympic silver medalist and 2015 Senior World silver medalist
- Miles Chamley Watson (New York City, N.Y. / Men’s Foil), 2016 Olympic team bronze medalist and two-time Senior World Champion
- Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif. / Men’s Foil), 2016 Olympic team bronze medalist and 2019 Senior World Team Champion
- Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Men’s Foil), 2016 Olympic team bronze medalist and 2019 Senior World Team Champion
- Monica Aksamit (Matawan, N.J. / Women’s Saber), 2016 Olympic team bronze medalist
- Courtney Hurley (San Antonio, Texas / Women’s Epee), 2012 Olympic team bronze medalist and 2018 Senior World Team Champion
- Kelley Hurley (San Antonio, Texas / Women’s Epee), 2012 Olympic team bronze medalist and 2018 Senior World Team Champion
Athletes competing in Salt Lake City range in age from 13-83 years old and hail from 41 states and eight countries. Among the competitors are 38 fencers from through Utah.
For more information, or to request media access to the competition, contact Nicole Jomantas, USA Fencing Director of Communications, at 719.761.7909 (cell) or N.Jomantas@usafencing.org
About USA Fencing
USA Fencing is the recognized National Governing Body for the sport of fencing in the United States. The organization’s mission is to serve and foster the growth, participation and development of domestic fencing at all levels and to achieve sustained international success. USA Fencing is affiliated with the Féderation Internationale d’Escrime (FIE), the international federation for fencing.
A 501-c- 3 non-profit organization, USA Fencing is based out of Colorado Springs, Colo. and has a membership of more than 40,000 individuals, including grassroots, elite and veteran fencers.