DOBBS FERRY, NY (April 20, 2012)—Masters School Coach and fencing master Francisco Martin has been named Team Captain/FIE (International Fencing Federation) Liaison for Team USA, the 2012 U.S. Olympic Fencing Team.
The United States is the only nation to qualify a full team of 16 athletes to compete in both individual and team events in London. The team includes three returning Olympic medalists, four World Championship medalists, and a total of nine athletes who competed or served as replacement athletes for past Olympic teams.
“The U.S. fencing team is one of the strongest teams in the world right now,” Mr. Martin states. “At the Beijng Olympics, the team won six Olympic medals. It is an honor to be captain of this incredible team.”
Mr. Martin is a renowned fencing master who was Spain’s national champion on six occasions, coached the Spanish National Team, and was honored as Spain’s Best Sportsman of the Year in 1973.
Mr. Martin has chaired the organizing committee in three fencing World Cups and one Pan American Junior Championship and frequently travels the world to referee at fencing World Cups, international championships, and the Olympic Games.
He has served as U.S. Team Captain at the: World Championship in Paris, France 2010; Cadet/Junior World Championship in Amman, Jordan, 2010; World Championship in Catania, Italy 2011; World Junior Cadet Championship in Moscow, Russia 2012; Pan American Championship in San Jose, Costa Rica, 2010; Pan American Championship in Reno, NV, 2011; and he will be at the Pan American Championship 2012 this June in Cancun, Mexico.
At , he coaches the award-winning varsity fencing teams, as well as tennis and soccer. The varsity fencing teams won six Independent School Fencing League (ISFL) titles this year, with boys and girls foil and girls sabre undefeated.
The Masters School (www.mastersny.org) is a coed day and boarding school that engages fifth-twelfth grade students in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Located on a majestic 96-acre suburban campus, the 134-year-old school is just 35 minutes from New York City.