Its that time of year again: Fencing season is back. Only this year, it coincides with Zoe's gymnastics season. Previously, they'd been separate as, being a gymnast at the Compulsory level, Zoe's season was in the Fall. Now, she's in the Optional division (Level 7 for those that care) and the season now starts in January, too.
Anyhow, Zack is off at his first World Cup event of the season: the C.E.P. Marathon Fleuret, the oldest and biggest fencing event in the world. Its held in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, and was Zack's first ever World Cup event last year, where he did quite well. The picture above is one we love quite well in Hammer Haus, taken by Cherie on her iPhone. I'm staying Stateside and taking Zoe to her 2nd big gymnastics tournament in Stockton. As much as I'd like to be in Paris enjoying Zack's competition with Cherie, I'm pretty stoked to watch Zoe rock it in the Delta today.
The eldest did well today...going undefeated in the two rounds of pools. He had to finish in the top 20% (of about 250 fencers) to make the cut for tomorrow, and handily made that with a seeding of #9 after pools. That made him the top American. You can view the results here. I don't recognize the top fencer from Singapore, but do remember the #2 seed after pools, Saito from Japan, having seen him last summer at the US National Championships (don't ask how it is that foreign nationals compete at your own country's national championships...old sport, old and arcane rules...).