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Thank You to Our Supporters of the Absolute Fencing Gear® FIE Grand Prix Boston

12/18/2015, 7:45pm CST
By Nicole Jomantas

Dagmara Wozniak came one step closer to qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games after competing in the Absolute Fencing Gear FIE Grand Prix Boston. Photo Credit: Serge Timacheff / FIE /

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – USA Fencing would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported the Absolute Fencing Gear® FIE Grand Prix Boston.

Through the generosity of our title sponsor, Absolute Fencing Gear®, and silver sponsor Radical Fencing, we were able to host 315 of the world’s best saber fencers at Harvard University from Dec. 12-13 where U.S. fencing fans were able to see Olympians from around the world in action before the 2016 Olympic Games are held in Rio.  

Athletes from 41 countries traveled to Boston to compete in one of the final qualifiers for the 2016 Games and the only Sabre Grand Prix in the Americas. Further, Team USA’s contingent of 48 athletes not only had the chance to fence in a Grand Prix on home soil, but cadet and junior athletes (our future Olympians for the 2020 and 2024 Games) got the rare opportunity to compete alongside World and Olympic medalists on the senior international stage.

These opportunities wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the tournament staff and volunteers who put in countless of hours before and during the Grand Prix to help with setup, teardown, replay camera operation, hospitality and all of the logistics that go into putting on an international event of this scale.

On behalf of USA Fencing, we would also like to offer our gratitude to our hosts at Harvard University and to all of those who made donations to support the Grand Prix and bring one of the world’s premier fencing events to the United States, including the following:

Corporate and Foundation Sponsors
Absolute Fencing Gear®
Radical Fencing
Nike Fencing
Mariel Zagunis Women’s Sabre Fund
In honor of Columbia Fencing
In honor of Friends of Harvard Fencing

Club Supporters
Columbus Fencing and Fitness
Denver Fencing Center
Fencers Club
Fencing Academy of Denver
Fencers Club of Arizona
Manhattan Fencing Center
Mission Fencing Center
Nellya Fencers Club
New York Athletic Club
Oregon Fencing Alliance
Peter Westbrook Foundation
Team Tass
Zeta Fencing

Individual Donors
Kenneth and Kathryn Chenault
Diana Hoadley
Mitchell Hofing and Beth Rubin
George Kaouris
Tonya Lain 
Roger Michel
Kneeland Youngblood
Jack Zhou 

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