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Universal Sports to Broadcast Senior World Championships, July 14-19

07/12/2015, 6:00am CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Fencing fans throughout the United States will have the opportunity to watch the medal rounds of the Senior World Championships air on Universal Sports Network from July 14-19 in Moscow, Russia.

Universal Sports Network, the year-round destination for Olympic, endurance and action sports programming, will present a total of 12 hours of world-class fencing action over six days with each show airing at 8 p.m. EDT daily. also will provide LIVE streaming of the medal rounds.

In addition to world championship titles in Moscow, athletes will vie for qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. More than 900 athletes from 100+ countries are expected to compete with foil, epee and saber weapons in both individual and team events at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow, or “Olympiyskiy” which is the largest indoor arena in Europe.

USA Fencing President Donald Anthony and play-by-play commentator J.B. Long will return to call the action after doing so for the 2014 Senior World Championships.

Team USA includes an all-star cast of medal contenders with the U.S. Women’s Saber Team entering the Senior Worlds as the reigning World Champions and current World No. 1 team. Two-time Olympic and five-time Senior World Champion Mariel Zagunis (Beaverton, Ore.) is currently the No. 3-ranked individual women’s saber fencer in the world and is aiming to return to the top of the podium in the individual event after winning gold in 2009 and 2010 and silver in 2011 and 2014.

Men’s foil fencer Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.) will enter the tournament as the World No. 1 after winning three gold and two bronze medals on the circuit this season. Imboden is seeking his first individual medal at the Senior Worlds after taking silver in the team event in 2013. Among his toughest opponents will be his own 2012 Olympic teammates – Miles Chamley-Watson (New York City) who won gold at the 2013 Senior Worlds; former World No. 1 and 2010 Senior World bronze medalist Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.); and Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.) who is ranked No. 6 after winning bronze at the Paris World Cup and silver at the Havana Grand Prix.

Women’s foil fencer Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.) also has had a breakout season. A bronze medalist at the 2011 Senior Worlds, Kiefer won silver at the St. Maur World Cup and took her first career World Cup title in Algers. In April, Kiefer won her sixth straight Pan Am title to hold onto her No. 3 world ranking.

The medal round viewing schedule is as follows:

Subject to change, All Times EDT

Tuesday, July 14
Men’s and Women’s Saber Semifinals and Finals
LIVE Stream: 11:40 a.m. Eastern
TV: 8 p.m. Eastern

Wednesday, July 15
Men’s and Women’s Epee Semifinals and Finals
LIVE Stream: 11: 40 a.m. Eastern
TV: 8 p.m. Eastern

Thursday, July 16
Men’s and Women’s Foil Semifinals and Finals
LIVE Stream: 11:30 a.m. Eastern
TV: 8 p.m. Eastern

Friday, July 17
Men’s and Women’s Team Saber Bronze and Gold Matches
LIVE Stream: 9:25 a.m. Eastern
TV: 8 p.m. Eastern

Saturday, July 18
Men’s and Women’s Team Epee Bronze and Gold Matches
LIVE Stream: 9 a.m. Eastern
TV: 8 p.m. Eastern

Sunday, July 19
Men’s and Women’s Team Foil Bronze and Gold Matches
LIVE Stream: TBA
TV: 8 p.m. Eastern

Universal Sports Network is available on DIRECTV, DISH, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, Cox Communications, Bright House Networks, Google Fiber, and numerous regional cable and IPTV operators in markets across the country. To find Universal Sports by zip code, please visit  

Table of 32 through quarter-finals for individual events will be streamed live at Team rounds will be streamed through the semifinals on the FIE YouTube Channel. 

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