Zagunis Named to Olympic Fencing Team
Former Olympians Mariel Zagunis and Keeth Smart were among the fencers selected to the U.S. squad that will compete in Beijing this summer.
The U.S. qualified three teams, in women’s and men’s saber and women’s foil. Three individual athletes also will compete. The selections were announced Saturday at the U.S. Fencing National Championships at the Oregon Convention Center.
Zagunis, who won a gold medal at the Athens Olympics, Sada Jacobson, who won the bronze in 2004, and Becca Ward were selected to the women’s saber team. Dagmara Wozniak was named an alternate.
Zagunis won a rare Olympic fencing gold medal for the U.S. when she shocked Tan Xue of China in the finals in 2004.
“It will be totally different this time around,” Zagunis said. “I have a title to defend so that is added pressure. You have everyone expecting you to win and there’s a big target on your back that everyone is gunning for.”
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