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Peter Westbrook Nominated for Olympic Hall of Fame

05/04/2009, 5:18am CDT
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Peter Westbrook is a six-time member of the U.S. Olympic Team and a fencing bronze medalist from the 1984 Olympic Games. He attended New York University and won the NCAA championship in sabre in 1973 before going on to win the U.S. National Fencing Championships 13 times. He competed at five Pan American Games, including winning an individual gold medal in 1983 and two gold medals in 1995 (one individual and one team). He was inducted into the New York University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1985, the USFA Hall of Fame in 1996, and the Sports Hall of Fame of New Jersey in 2002.

After retiring from fencing, Westbrook began the Peter Westbrook Foundation, which aims at guiding inner-city youth away from gang violence and towards the sport of fencing. He has coached five U.S. athletes to the Olympic Games. He also wrote a book, titled Harnessing Anger, in which he speaks about his drive to fight and succeed in sports.

  • Six-time U.S. Olympic Team member, winning a bronze in 1984
  • Was 44 years old during his final Olympic Games as a competitor
  • Was the U.S. flag bearer at the 1992 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony
  • As a top fencing instructor, Westbrook has coached five U.S. Olympians including 2008 U.S. Olympic silver medalists Keeth and Erinn Smart
  • Serves as a board member of the Arthur Ashe Foundation, an organization aimed at preventing and researching the cure for AIDS

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