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Veteran World Championships Begin on Monday in Slovenia

10/15/2017, 11:30pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Sixty-seven athletes between ages 50 and 80 will represent Team USA at the Veteran World Championships from Oct. 16-21 in Maribor, Slovenia.

The American squad will attempt to better its record haul of 20 Veteran World medals set at the last Veteran World Championships when Team USA takes the strip on Monday.

The U.S. team will return 34 members of the 2016 Veteran World Team, including 17 men and 17 women.

Among the athletes to watch are a full dozen past individual Veteran World Champions, including three pairs of events in which Team USA has multiple World Champions going for another chance at gold):

  • Jane Eyre (Woolwich Township, N.J. / 60-69 Saber), six-time Veteran World Champion
  • Elizabeth Kocab (Farmington Hills, Mich. / 60-69 Epee), four-time Veteran World Champion
  • Ellen O’Leary (Decatur, Ga. / +70 Saber), three-time Veteran World Champion
  • Delia Turner (Philadelphia, Pa. / 60-69 Saber), three-time Veteran World Champion
  • Jennette Starks-Faulkner (Middletown, Conn. / 60-69 Foil and Saber), two-time Veteran World Champion in foil
  • Arnold Messing (Brooklyn, N.Y. / +70 Epee), 2017 Veteran World Champion
  • Anne-Marie Walters (Parkland, Fla. / 60-69 Foil), 2015 Veteran World Champion
  • Lydia Fabry (Simi Valley, Calif. / 50-59 Saber), 2015 Veteran World Champion
  • David Seuss (Charlestown, Mass. / 60-69 Saber), 2013 Veteran World Champion
  • Walter Dragonetti (Las Vegas, Nev. / 60-69 Epee), 2009 Veteran World Champion
  • Ray Sexton (Round Rock, Texas / +70 Foil and Saber), 1999 Veteran World Champion in saber
  • Kazimieras Campe (Edgewater, Md. / +70 Epee), 1998 Veteran World Champion

Team USA includes several first-timers to the Veteran World Championships who hold past experience as senior elite fencers.

Leslie Marx (Durham, N.C.) is one such fencer who will make her return to the stage after an athletic career that included fencing at the 1996 Olympic Games. The 50-year-old epee fencer has been nearly unbeatable in U.S. competition, winning seven of the eight veteran epee national events in which she has competed.

A 1992 Olympian, Jon Normile (Millburn, N.J.) also will be making his Vet World debut. The 50-year-old epeeist made his debut at the Veteran Nationals in July where he fifth.

The complete schedule is as follows:

Monday, Oct. 16
50-59 Women’s Epee
60-69 Women’s Epee
+70 Women’s Epee
60-69 Men’s Foil
+70 Men’s Foil

Tuesday, Oct. 17
Team Women’s Epee
Men’s 50-59 Foil
Men’s 60-69 Saber
Men’s +70 Saber

Wednesday, Oct. 18
Women’s 50-59 Foil
Women’s 60-69 Foil
Women’s +70 Foil
Men’s 50-59 Saber
Men’s Team Foil

Thursday, Oct. 19
Men’s 60-69 Epee
Men’s +70 Epee
Men’s Team Saber
Women’s Team Foil

Friday, Oct. 20
Men’s 50-59 Epee
Women’s 50-59 Saber
Women’s 60-69 Saber
Women’s +70 Saber

Saturday, Oct. 21
Men’s Team Epee
Women’s Team Saber

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The complete U.S. team roster is as follows:

Men’s 50-59 Epee
Evan Ranes (Henderson, Nev.)
Daniel Rees (Denver, Colo.)
Jon Normile (Millburn, N.J.)
Sean Ameli (Las Vegas, Nev.)

Men’s 60-69 Epee
Walter Dragonetti (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Daryl Taylor (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Drew Ridge (Warminster, Pa.)
John Lartz (River Forest, Ill.)

Men’s +70 Epee
Arnold Messing (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Frank Hewitt (Jamul, Calif.)
Bruno Goossens (Jacksonville, Ore.)
Kazimieras Campe (Edgewater, Md.)

Men’s 50-59 Foil
Don Davis (Potomac, Md.)
Julio Diaz (New Port Richey, Fla.)
Adam Feldman (Wyomissing, Pa.)
John Kissingford (Ouray, Colo.)

Men’s 60-69 Foil
Thomas Lutton (Cupertino, Calif.)
Henri Darricau (Highland Ranch, Colo.)
Philippe Bennett (New York, N.Y.)
Joseph Streb (Columbus, Ohio)

Men’s +70 Foil
Jan Patterson (Seattle, Wash.)
Rinaldo Campana (McLean, Va.)
Duane Chan (Ventura, Calif.)
Ray Sexton (Round Rock, Texas)

Men’s 50-59 Saber
Joshua Runyan (San Diego, Calif.)
Ronald Thornton (Fredericksburg, Va.)
Dmitri Kopylov (Roseland, N.J.)
Tamas Vidovszky (Folsom, Calif.)

Men’s 60-69 Saber
Carlton Badger (Durham, N.C.)
David Seuss (Charlestown, Mass.)
Paul Hicha (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Joseph Streb (Columbus, Ohio)

Men’s +70 Saber
Larry Pinkus (Kensington, Md.)
Philip Sbarbaro (Vienna, Va.)
Victor Bianchini (San Diego, Calif.)
Ray Sexton (Round Rock, Texas)

Women’s 50-59 Epee
Leslie Marx (Durham, N.C.)
Valerie Asher (Bethesda, Md.)
Cristina Ford (Salem, Ore.)
Carola Schmid (Seattle, Wash.)

Women’s 60-69 Epee
Liz Kocab (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Mary Huang (Pasadena, Calif.)
Tanya Hurley (Hillsborough, N.J.)
Cynthia Runyon (Reno, Nev.)

Women’s +70 Epee
Diane Kallus (Round Rock, Texas)
Patricia Bedrosian (Malibu, Calif.)
Bettie Graham (Washington, D.C.)
Erica Julien (Wilmington, N.C.)

Women’s 50-59 Foil
Margaret Fagan (New York, N.Y.)
Jane Carter (Bedford, Mass.)
Lynn Botelho (Indiana, Pa.)
Ursula Szpak (Trophy Club, Texas)

Women’s 60-69 Foil
Jennette Starks-Faulkner (Middletown, Conn.)
Anne-Marie Walters (Parkland, Fla.)
Suzanne Marx (Portland, Ore.)
Jude Offerle (Winnetka, Ill.)

Women’s +70 Foil
Patricia Bedrosian (Malibu, Calif.)
Gemin Channing (Frederick, Md.)
Ruth Dodge (Loudon, N.H.)
Marsha Reichman (Bethesda, Md.)

Women’s 50-59 Saber
Robin Pernice (Carlisle, Mass.)
Lydia Fabry (Simi Valley, Calif.)
Dawn Wilson (Louisville, Ky.)
Liz Enochs (San Francisco, Calif.)

Women’s 60-69 Saber
Jennette Starks-Faulkner (Middletown, Conn.)
Jane Eyre (Woolwich Twp, N.J.)
Delia Turner (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Heidi Runyan (San Diego, Calif.)

Women’s +70 Saber
Diane Hiatt (Sparks, Nev.)
Ellen O'Leary (Seattle, Wash.)
Sally Higgins (Tinton Falls, N.J.)
Gemin Channing (Frederick, Md.)

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