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World’s Top Foilists Coming to Anaheim

Lee Kiefer (USA, left) up against Marta Martyanova (RUS) in the finals of the FIE Grand Prix last year, moments before becoming the first US female foilist to achieve World #1 status.

On March 16-18, Southern California residents will have a rare opportunity to see the world’s best foil fencers in action when they gather in Anaheim for the Absolute Fencing Gear FIE Grand Prix.

This is the second year in a row that the FIE Grand Prix has come to Southern California. Last year it was held in Long Beach, where Lee Kiefer made history when her first-place finish put her on the top of the International Points list, making her the first US women’s foil fencer to be ranked No. 1 in the world. US fencer Alex Massialas earned the silver medal in the men’s event.

Venue

Anaheim Convention Center
800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802
(Just south of Disneyland)

Competition Schedule

Friday, March 16
Noon: Men’s Pools and Preliminary Rounds

Saturday, March 17
Noon: Women’s Pools and Preliminary Rounds

Sunday, March 18
8:00 AM: Table of 64 – 8
6:00 PM: Semi and Final Rounds

Tickets cost $10 for each of the preliminary days, and $40 for the third day (table of 64 to the Finals). There is also an option to buy a 3-day pass for $50, or a VIP pass for $100. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here: www.2018AnaheimGrandPrix.Eventbrite.com

Or, sign up as a volunteer and get in for free! Volunteers are needed to help with registration, act as ushers, help with setting up the strips, operate replay cameras, help with the wireless scoring, carry athlete’s bags to the strips, and help with armory.

 

Photos from last year’s FIE Grand Prix in Long Beach

Olympic gold medalist Inna Deriglazova (RUS, right) escapes an attack from Nicole Ross (USA).

Nicole Ross (USA, right) lands a touch on Inna Deriglazova (RUS).

Alaaeldin Abouelkassem (EGY, right) attacks former World Champion Miles Chamley-Watson (USA).

Miles Chamley-Watson (USA, left) celebrates his victory against Alaaeldin Abouelkassem (EGY).

Lee Kiefer (USA, left) finds her target on Pauline Ranvier (FRA).

Alexander Massialas (USA, left) in the men’s finals against Timur Safin (RUS).

Jim can't remember a time when he wasn't fascinated by fencing. He currently serves as the Treasurer of the SoCal Division.

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