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As the lunch hour ends, the other fencers return to the club and everyone dresses-up and gets ready for a grueling 2 hours of bouting. Although coach Geva mixes things up a little from day-to-day, typically, this session includes some kind of round-robin pools with very large pools of 12-15 people. That is, each fencer...
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Most of you who know us, know that the HurleyGurrls are not exactly peppy morning people. Fortunately, the camp started at 10am, which we would have preferred to be at 11am; however, it is a compromise we can live with. After feeding our screaming (and apparently starving) 2 cats, our breakfast is thrown together quickly...
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So far, I have discussed the importance of athleticism, speed, and conditioning at an early age, the need to compete against similar age-group athletes which give young fencers a chance to win and all that this entails, and about the importance of lots of bouting in the environment in which you want to be successful....
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As I discussed last week, speed, athleticism, and conditioning were the focus of Kelley & Courtney’s fencing workouts. A nice homemade plywood fencing strip (built on top of pallets) provided a convenient way to get the workouts done with minimal fuss.  By the time Kelley was 14 and Courtney was 12, they had just about...
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PART 4 of 4 In the Elite 8, Kelley drew Tatijana Stewart, who is an up and coming Junior fencer. Tatijana knocked off the #1 seed in the DE Table, Isis Washington (curse of the first!) earlier.  Kelley out-experienced the Junior fencer and won 15-8.  Courtney was also  matched against a Junior fencer, Kasia Nixon...
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PART 3 of 4 The DE round progressed smoothly as the Hurleygurrls defeated each of their opponents without much difficulty. Their early rounds included scores of 15-5, 15-4, and 15-10. In the Sweet 16, Kelley was matched with a USA Olympian teammate, Kat Holmes, who is a formidable opponent!  They both lost a bout in...
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PART 2 of 4 The 2017-18 fencing season started with a bang on October 16!  Off we flew on a whirlwind trip to Los Angeles!  We were only there for a day-and-a-half!  The first North American Cup event took place in Anaheim, California. We could see Disneyland from our hotel room! One of the good...
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INTRODUCTION (PART 1 of 4) From time to time, people ask us what it is like to be an Olympic athlete!  Is it exciting? What about all of those cool places you travel to? What about all those groupies who follow you around? The short answer is that fencing is our full-time job that doesn’t...
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