Harriet King is a four-time US National Champion and four-time Olympic Team member. She also represented the US at multiple World Championships and Pan American Games. A dynamic lefty, she began her fencing career on the East Coast at Hunter College, where she is in the Athletic Hall of Fame. She has also been inducted into the USA Fencing Hall of Fame. Settling in San Francisco, she was the first champion-caliber fencer that Michael D’Asaro, Sr. had a chance to work with after beginning his coaching career at Halberstadt Fencers Club in 1967.
The 1971 US National Championships were held on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, commonly known as Cal. The locals did pretty well, too!
There is nothing in the world quite like Jerry Biagini’s greeting to me when I visited him about two weeks ago. Me: “Mr. Biagini, how are you?” Jerry: “I’m 90 years old and cranky!”
The last article I wrote, which featured Michael D’Asaro’s time in San Antonio and the Army, got me thinking about one of the reasons I decided to attend San Jose State to train with him. That reason was the awesome strength of his Women’s foil program.
I'm always fascinated by people who are the first to do something. I take little interest in things like climbing Everest, other than reading the current news of how the mountain's exploitation is causing the needless deaths of adventurous souls from around the...
Tommy Angell was the type of person who overcame obstacles. It doesn’t seem to matter how challenging things may have been; she simply took them on and beat them. Not just took them on; she seems to have sought them out and demolished them.
As a member of the Hall of Fame committee for USA Fencing, I get a chance to participate in the annual ritual of determining, in the fairest way possible, who is to be considered for inclusion into that prestigious body. But in the long run, just like every member of USA Fencing, I only get one vote.
Janice Lee York Romary was the US National Foil Champion ten times in a span of 18 years from the first win to the last. She represented the United States at the Olympic Games a then-record six times.
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