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Tickets on Sale for New York World Cup, June 24-26

05/23/2011, 3:46am CDT
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(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Tickets for the New York World Cup are now available for purchase online for the first international 2012 Olympic Games qualifying event to be held in the United States. 

From June 24 – 26, USA Fencing will partner with the Federation Internationale D’Escrime and the New York Athletic Club to host more than 300 Olympic hopefuls from at least 30 nations who will be vying for Olympic qualification points at the New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South.

Fewer than 500 tickets are available per day for this premier event with prices starting at $15 for medal bouts. All-day tickets are available for $25.

Tickets can be purchased online at and are expected to sell out prior to the start of competition.

Team USA will include Mariel Zagunis (Beaverton, Ore.), a two-time Olympic Champion and the top-ranked saber fencer in the world as well as 2008 Olympic silver medalists James Williams (New York City, N.Y.) and Tim Morehouse (New York City, N.Y.) Zagunis, Williams and Morehouse will be part of a 60-person team of U.S. athletes that will be seeking to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.

The tentative competition schedule is as follows. A final schedule will be released on June 22:

Friday, June 24
9 a.m.
Women’s individual pools and qualification tables

2 p.m.
Men’s individual pools and qualification tables

Saturday, June 25
9 a.m.
Women’s direct elimination table of 64

1:40 p.m.
Men’s direct elimination table of 64

6:30 p.m.
Semifinals and finals for both men’s and women’s individual competition

Sunday, June 26
8:20 a.m.
Start of team competition table of 32 for both men and women

6 p.m.
Gold and bronze medal team matches for both men and women

This is the first time a fencing world cup will be held at the New York Athletic Club since the 1990s and is the first international Olympic qualification event for any sport ever held at the club. 

Fencing is a fast-paced and exciting sport that requires a unique blend of athleticism, tactics, and focus. Thinking on one’s feet and changing strategies in the blink of an eye are crucial to winning a match, which is why fencing is often called “physical chess.”  Fencers are known to be some of the most well-rounded athletes for their combined physical and mental abilities.  Sports Illustrated named the U.S. fencing delegation to the 2008 Beijing Olympics the “Brainiest Team” at the Games. 

About Féderation Internationale d'Escrime
The Féderation Internationale d'Escrime (FIE) is the international governing body for the sport of fencing. The FIE is based Lausanne, Switzerland. For more information, visit

About USA Fencing
The United States Fencing Association is the recognized National Governing Body for the sport of fencing in the United States. The USFA is affiliated with the Féderation Internationale d'Escrime (FIE), the international federation for fencing. USA Fencing is based at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. For more information, visit or

About the New York Athletic Club

The New York Athletic Club, founded in 1868, has the most storied athletic tradition of any athletic club in the world.  NYAC athletes have won more than 230 Olympic medals while competing in every modern Olympic Games.  Over more than a century, dozens of NYAC fencers have represented the United States in the Olympic Games, World Championships and Pan American Games and have won hundreds of U.S. National and NCAA titles.

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