When the athletes walk in the Opening Ceremony of the Rio Olympics tonight, Zeta will be represented by one of its own fencers. Sherborn native Eli Dershwitz will fence in the men’s sabre event on Wednesday, August 10th. With 20 years, he is the youngest member of the US Fencing Team. In March 2016, he won his first senior Grand Prix – and he is hungry for an Olympic medal.
Eli’s personal coach, Zeta Fencing’s Head Coach Zoran Tulum, is one of USA Fencing’s Olympic Coaches in Rio 2016. As the current National Coach of the US Men’s Sabre Team, he is the first coach of the United States to have been named Olympic Coach in two different fencing weapons. In 1996, he was coach of the US Foil Team at the Atlanta Olympics.
Team USA has strong medal contenders in all three fencing weapons, and USA Fencing is hoping to improve their medal count from the successful Beijing Olympics in 2008 where they won a total of six individual and team medals. In Rio, 14 fencers will represent Team USA and compete with the world’s best fencers. Our title photo above shows the six athletes who will fence sabre for Team USA: Mariel Zagunis, Monica Aksamit, Daryl Homer, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Dagmara Wozniak, and Eli Dershwitz (left to right).
All fencing events will be streamed live by NBC. FIE, the international fencing federation, created a website for the Rio Olympics that covers all aspects of the Olympic fencing events. Stay informed and cheer for USA Fencing!