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Jim Page Retires as USA Fencing Director of Sports Strategy

10/31/2012, 5:33am CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

One of the pillars of the USA Fencing National Office, Jim Page has retired from his position as the director of sports strategy, effective October 31.


USA Fencing Sports Strategy Director Jim Page.

 

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – One of the pillars of the USA Fencing National Office, Jim Page (Colorado Springs, Colo.) has retired from his position as the director of sports strategy, effective October 31.

What began for Page as a several week contract in 2006 resulted in him becoming an instrumental figure in the USA Fencing international department.

Page began working with USA Fencing in February of 2006 and continued as the high performance director through June of 2007.

During the lead-up to the Beijing Olympic Games, Page was recruited to return to help Team USA and he said one of his best memories in the sport is watching Mariel Zagunis (Beaverton, Ore.), Sada Jacobson (Atlanta, Ga.) and Becca Ward (Durham, N.C.) make history with their sweep of the podium in China.

Page returned to USA Fencing again in August of 2010, first as the high performance director and later as the director of sport strategy.

After helping Team USA prepare for London, the 71-year-old former Olympian in Nordic combined announced that it was time for him to step down and spend more time with his wife, Ginny, and their grandchildren.

“It’s been a great couple years and I’ve had the chance to work with some amazing athletes and coaches and the talent in USA Fencing just keeps getting better.  I’ve had some memories that will last a lifetime and I’m proud that our athletes are continuing to succeed and make the United States a real force on the international level,” he said.

USA Fencing Chief Executive Officer Val Belmonte (Colorado Springs, Colo.) recognized Page’s accomplishments during a farewell luncheon.

“Even beyond fencing, Jim has had an amazing impact on amateur sports in the United States as a whole,” Belmonte said. “He’s a person of high personal integrity whose hallmarks have been a deep commitment to competitive excellence and a dedication to the Olympic ideals. Throughout his tenure, Jim’s priority, first and foremost, has been to make sure athletes receive the best coaching, meaningful training opportunities, support from the U.S. Olympic Committee and positive experiences. Under Jim’s leadership USA Fencing has developed a closer relationship with the U.S. Olympic Committee and he has proudly upheld a culture of sustained international competitive excellence.”



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