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Chicago Tribune: Chicago Fencing Event Honors Korfanty

06/22/2012, 1:48am CDT
By Phil Hersh / Chicago Tribune

Ed Korfanty is a member of the U.S. Fencing Hall of Fame, a three-time world champion in the veterans’ saber division and coach of the most decorated fencer in U.S. history.

And now he is an event. 

This week’s saber World Cup meet in Chicago has been renamed the Korfanty Cup.

And it’s perfectly fitting that the only senior World Cup event in the United States honors the coach who has played a huge role in giving his adopted country what International Fencing Federation official Ioan Pop calls “an important international presence” after years of inconsequential status.

Mariel Zagunis,  whom Korfanty has coached to two Olympic titles and two world titles,  is among those scheduled to compete in the event that runs Friday through Sunday at Navy Pier.

Zagunis, an NCAA champion at Notre Dame, is to be joined by the other five members of the 2012 U.S. OIympic men’s and women’s saber teams, including 2008 silver medalists Tim Morehouse and James Williams... more>

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