Fencing Event: Men's Epee
Birthplace: Patterson, N.J.
Resides: Montclair, N.J.
Height / Weight: 6' 3" / 170 lbs.
School: Montclair High School
Coach: Alexey Cheremsky
2010 - Junior Olympics in Memphis, T.N., Junior Men's Epee, 1st place
2009 - Summer Nationals in Grapevine, T.N., Junior Men's Epee, 3rd place
2008 - Montreal World Cup in Montreal, Canada, Junior Men's Epee, 3rd place
Hobbies: Playing the guitar and drums.
How did you start fencing?
I missed the high school tryouts for fencing the summer before I entered my freshmen year. I needed a sport for school and fencing seems like a cool sport.
What's your motivation?
My motivation comes from my own drive and willingness to succed and from the loving support that I receive from my parents, and the desire to make them proud.
Who has influenced your fencing career and how?
My coach, because his words and lessons are extremely inspiring, my high school coach (Michael McTigue), because he has made sure that I always had the tools I needed to succeed, and my father because of his loving support and desire to see me succeed.
What are your goals this year and in the future?
My goals are to do well at the Junior World Championships in Baku, make another Junior World Team in 2012, and to eventually make it to the Olympics in the future.
How do you train?
I take lessons and fence 4 times a week, do foot and blade work, and lift on days I don't train. I also attend local competitions on weekends to cement what I have learned from practice.
What are some of the biggest hurdles / challenges you've had to overcome in your fencing career?
Overcoming my own doubts and hesitations and finding a way to balance my training and school schedules.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I speak Serbo Croation. I have been playing guitar for 10 years. I also write poetry.