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American Fencer  Modern Lessons from an Ancient Sport

American Fencer: Modern Lessons from an Ancient Sport


About the Book - American Fencer

"Tim's story is one for the ages. Even after ten years of competing side by side, I never cease to be amazed by his indefatigable will and hunger for improvement. An impossible goal is only impossible if you make it so, and readers can learn a lot from Tim’s inspiring narrative about finding himself in life and in fencing."

- Jason Rogers, 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist, Men's Fencing

In his fast-paced memoir, written with best-selling author Garth Sundem, Olympic silver medalist Tim Morehouse describes his life’s inspiring trajectory from a rough neighborhood in New York City to fencing halls around the world and eventually the Olympic podium. Using the Italian adage Maestro di scherma, maestro di vita (Master fencing, master life] as his compass, Tim shows us the hidden and sometimes dangerous underbelly of international saber fencing and shows how revelations on the strip can inform our lives, such as:

  • » WIN THE IDEA, LOSE THE POINT — You can fence well and still be touched, but by measuring success by your actions and not the score, you can turn the tide of a match.
  • » CLOSE THE DISTANCE — It’s useless to shout a pickup line from across a crowded bar, and likewise, it's useless to feint cut Russia's Stanislav Pozdniakov from an inch too far away—the right move from the wrong distance is no move at all.
  • ...and of course...
  • » DOG PEEING ON A FIRE HYDRANT — Down to his last credit card dollar and thus his last chance to qualify for a top-four US spot that paid his travel, Tim finally owned his strength: an off-balance defense that his coach nicknamed Dog Peeing on a Fire Hydrant.