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The Road to Paris Travels Through Richmond for the December SJCC and Division I NAC

11/28/2023, 2:30pm CST
By Nicole Kirk

1,706 competitors are expected in Richmond from December 1 through December 4 for a shot at the Olympics and Junior Olympics.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The road to the Olympics makes its next stop in Richmond.

From Dec. 1–4, 2023, the Greater Richmond Convention Center will be buzzing with the electrifying sounds of blades meeting blades.

The tournament's official name is the December Super Junior & Cadet Circuit and Division I North American Cup. Competition will take place across all three fencing weapons (epee, foil and saber) — each with their own unique equipment, rules and style. 

The tournament will feature competitions in Division I (the highest, most-competitive division), Cadet (under 17), and Junior (under 20). Among the competitors, the following Olympians are expected to participate:

  • Miles Chamley-Watson (Men's Foil)

  • Jacqueline Dubrovich (Women's Foil)

  • Kat Holmes (Women's Epee)

  • Daryl Homer (Men's Saber)

  • Nick Itkin (Men's Foil)

  • Lee Kiefer (Women's Foil)

  • Andrew Mackiewicz (Men's Saber)

  • Alexander Massialas (Men's Foil)

  • Sabrina Massialas (Women's Foil)

  • Gerek Meinhardt (Men's Foil)

  • Yeisser Ramirez (Men's Epee)

  • Khalil Thompson (Men's Saber)

  • Dagmara Wozniak (Women's Saber)

For fencers in Division I, our highest tournament classification, the tournament offers valuable points toward qualification for the 2024 Olympic Games. Team USA's Olympic fencing team is selected based on our points list. When the season ends in April, the fencers with the highest points accrued at domestic and international tournaments will earn spots on our team for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. A win or high finish in Richmond could catapult a fencer up the list and give them a better shot at the Olympics.

For fencers in our Cadet (under 17) and Junior (under 20) classifications, the tournament is the second-to-last stop on their road to qualifying for the USA Fencing Junior Olympics in February.

We’re expecting 1,706 competitors in Richmond — plus thousands more coaches, family members and supporters. These fencers are from 36 states and 23 different countries. The youngest competitor this weekend is 11 years old, and the oldest is 58. 

As always, admission is free! Whether you're a fencing aficionado or a newcomer eager to learn, spectators are welcome to experience the excitement of world-class fencing up close.


Tag(s): Updates  SJCC + Division I NAC