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The U.S. Men's Saber Team Keeps Winning Medals - Here's Why

11/19/2015, 12:30pm CST
By Peggy Shin /

The U.S. men’s saber team is on the attack.

Led by 2012 Olympian Daryl Homer, the team won gold and silver medals in the first two FIE World Cups of the 2015-16 season.

It’s the first back-to-back world cup medals for the U.S. men’s saber team in recent memory, if ever.

In the first world cup, held in Tbilisi, Georgia, in early October, Homer, Eli Dershwitz, Jeff Spear and Peter Souders defeated France for the gold medal — the first win for the U.S. men’s saber team since 2004. Then, over Halloween weekend, they battled world silver medalist Russia in the second world cup in Budapest, Hungary, and took the silver medal.

The team is now ranked fourth in the world, its highest ranking since the U.S. took the silver medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

These world cup medals come on the heels of Homer’s silver medal in individual saber at the 2015 FIE World Fencing Championships in July. Homer is the first U.S. man ever to win a saber medal at worlds — and his silver was one of five medals won by U.S. Fencing at the 2015 worlds, its most ever at a single world championships ... more>

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