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Zhong gives China first fencing gold after 24 years August 14, 2008

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Updated: 2008-08-12 21:52

BEIJING – Zhong Man ignited the home crowd Tuesday night, as the fans in the Olympic Fencing Hall roared for the first Olympic fencing gold from a Chinese man.

It was also the country second fencing gold in history. Luan Jujie won the women’s foil champion in the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

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Fencing: Jason Rogers is taking the Rhodes less traveled August 10, 2008

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11:31 PM, August 6, 2008
BEIJING — Jason Rogers is smart.

Smart enough to graduate summa cum laude from Ohio State with one B in four years. Smart enough to be a finalist for the Rhodes scholarship.

 But not smart enough, apparently, to see into the future. Because when the West Los Angeles fencer’s life stalled at a crossroads three years ago, he wasn’t sure which path was going to help him more.  If he took the Rhodes scholarship, he would have to give up a fencing career that had already produced four national championships, three World Cup medals, a silver and bronze in World Cup competition and an Olympic berth in men’s sabre. And if he chose fencing, what, then, would happen to his academic future?

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The last cut is the deepest August 10, 2008

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With a final Olympic berth at stake, Beaverton’s Patrick Ghattas starts “thinking too much” in quarterfinal match
Sunday, April 27, 2008 KEN GOE

The Oregonian Staff

Beaverton fencer Patrick Ghattas’ bid to make the Olympic team fell just short Saturday in the U.S. Fencing Championships at the Oregon Convention Center.

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Canada Games inspired student to take up fencing August 5, 2008

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Published Tuesday April 15th, 2008

By James Mallory
Northern Light Staff
When it comes to sports, Simon Bishop of Bathurst likes to go against the main stream.

The 15-year-old Bathurst High student is one of only a handful of fencers in the Chaleur region. The son of Teresa Bishop said the sport appeals to him because it’s a different choice from traditional youth-oriented sports.

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Fencing has become passion for Eyre August 2, 2008

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Saturday, August 02, 2008
By Matt Chando
mchando@sjnewsco.com
Jane Eyre was looking for something to do after her only son left for college 11 years ago, something to parry the empty-nest feelings.

Little did she know she’d end up fending off actual opponents from all over the world … with a sword.

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Two for Beijing August 1, 2008

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Two for Beijing
BY PETE DAVIS
Thursday, July 31, 2008 9:50 AM EDT
While Keeth Smart may be the most-well known St. John’s fencer heading to Beijing, he will have some company from the Queens university.

The school’s fencing coach, Yuri Gelman, will coach the men’s and women’s National Team and Dagmara Wozniak, who will begin her sophomore year at St. John’s in the fall, is part of the women’s fencing team that will compete for the gold medal in Beijing.

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british olympic sabreur Alex O’Connell July 26, 2008

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Teaming up with Mum and DadSally Williams talks to three athletes, and their families, about how they grew up into Olympic contenders
Sally Williams
The Guardian, Saturday July 26 2008

Britain’s fencing representative for the Beijing Olympics, Alex O’Connell, 20, is studying classics at Cambridge University. His mother, Jan, is a part-time teacher in adult education, and his father, Michael, is a solicitor and property developer. They live in Brentwood, Essex, and have two other children, Matthew, 23, and Grace, 16.
 
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