With a tip of the foil to USA Fencing media guru Nicole Jomantas …
Lexington’s Axel Kiefer will be among nearly 2,000 fencers, including hopefuls for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, competing at the January North American Cup in Louisville, Friday through Monday (Jan. 18-21). Competition will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center and is free and open to the public.
The tournament will include events in each of the three weapons – epee, foil and saber – and will serve as a key part of the selection for the teams that will compete at the Junior and Cadet World Championships in April. Each of the events will hold competition in Junior (U20), Cadet (U17) and Y-14 categories.
Kiefer is the brother of 2012 Olympian and 2011 Senior World medalist Lee Kiefer and 2011 NCAA champion Alexandra “Alex” Kiefer of Harvard University. Their father, Steve, fenced at Duke University.
Alex is among 22 athletes entered from Kentucky. The Dunbar High School student was a 2012 Cadet (under-17) World Team member.
At 16, he is the third-ranked Cadet fencer in the nation and trains at the Bluegrass Fencers’ Club under the guidance of Olympic team coach Amgad Khazbak.
Kiefer, who will compete in both the U17 and U20 foil events, will be joined by 17 of his teammates from the 2012 Junior and Cadet World Championships, including the following medalists:
- Michael Dudey (Bellaire, Texas / Junior Foil), 2012 Junior World Team Champion
- Audrey Abend (New York / Junior Epee), 2012 Junior World Team bronze medalist
- Sara Taffel (New York / Junior Foil), 2012 Cadet World silver medalist
- Jessie Radanovich (Tollhouse, Calif. / Junior Epee), 2012 Cadet World bronze medalist
- Skyla Powers (Decatur, Ga. / Junior Saber), 2012 Cadet World bronze medalist
- Francesca Russo (Wayne, N.J. / Junior Saber), 2012 Cadet World bronze medalist
- Alexander Eldeib (Burke, Va. / Junior Epee), 2012 Cadet World bronze medalist
Results will be updated live throughout the tournament at www.usfencing.org.
Approximate start times:
Friday — 8:30 a.m., Cadet men’s foil, Y-14 men’s epee; 11, Cadet women’s saber; 2 p.m., Junior women’s foil.
Saturday — 8:30 a.m., Junior men’s epee; 12:30 p.m., Cadet men’s saber; 2, Junior women’s epee and Y-14 men’s foil.
Sunday — 8:30 a.m. Junior men’s foil and Junior women’s saber; 11, Y-14 women’s epee; 2 p.m., Cadet women’s foil; 2:30. Y-14 men’s saber.
Monday — 8:30 a.m., Junior men’s saber, Cadet men’s epee and Y-14 women’s foil; 2 p.m., Cadet women’s epee.