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Carl Borack to be Inducted into FIE Hall of Fame

09/18/2020, 10:15am CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

1972 Olympian Carl Borack will be inducted into the FIE Hall of Fame.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Nearly 50 years after Carl Borack (Los Angeles, Calif.) first set foot on the Olympic stage, the 1972 Olympian will be inducted into the FIE Hall of Fame.

Borack, who was honored in the fencing family category, will enter the FIE Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2020 alongside six athlete inductees:

  • German Sveshnikov (RUS), two-time Olympic team gold medalist (1960, 1964) and 1968 team silver medalist
  • Brice Guyart (FRA), two-time Olympic Champion (2000 – team, 2004 – individual)
  • Georgii Pogosov (UKR), two-time Olympic team medalist (1988 – silver for USSR, 1992 – gold for the Unified Team) and co-head coach at Stanford University
  • Ruben Limardo (VEN), 2012 Olympic Champion
  • Sandro Cuomo (ITA), two-time Olympic team medalist (1996 – gold, 1984 – bronze)
  • Bongil Gu (KOR), 2012 Olympic Team Champion

Borack will be inducted into the FIE Hall of Fame for his contributions to the growth and promotion of the sport of fencing around the world. 

Following his retirement from competition, Borack has been an advocate and force for fencing and has served the sport admirably and productively on a U.S. and international level. He is currently serving in his 20th year on the Publicity & Promotion Commission and was its president from 2004-2008. Borack also has served as executive vice president of USA Fencing and as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Publicity Committee.

Borack continued to give back to Team USA throughout his career, serving as team captain for four U.S. Olympic Fencing Teams (1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000) as well as three Pan American Games Teams (1987, 1991 and 1995) and numerous World Championship Teams.

Borack boasts an extensive production background that includes a wide tapestry including feature films, documentaries, corporate films, commercial, television and theater. Most recently, Borack rebounded from a battle with cancer to write, produce and direct two fencing related films, “A Path To Excellence” and “What Is It About Fencing?”

“I am honored and gratified to be elected into the FIE Hall of Fame and greatly appreciative of the recognition,” Borack said of his forthcoming induction.

This year’s honor comes after Borack’s recognition as an FIE Member of Honor in 2017 and induction into the USA Fencing Hall of Fame in 2012.

Borack is the 11th American to be inducted into the FIE Hall of Fame and joins a storied list of past honorees that includes U.S. Olympic medalists Mariel Zagunis (Beaverton, Ore.), Sada Jacobson (Atlanta, Ga.), Becca Ward (Washington, D.C.) and Peter Westbrook (New York City, N.Y.)

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