COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Strong performances throughout January earned skeleton athlete Kendall Wesenberg (Modesto, California) and fencer Race Imboden (Brooklyn, New York) Athlete of the Month honors for the month of January, while the U.S. men’s foil team received Team of the Month recognition, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.
Wesenberg made history in January by claiming the women’s overall European Cup by a 40-point margin. She is the first American woman to win the overall European Cup, and the first American in 10 years to take the title since Rob Murray claimed the men’s crown in 2005.
Imboden became the first American to win the Paris Foil World Cup, which is considered to be the most prestigious men’s foil event on the world cup circuit, on Jan. 17. With his gold medal, he climbed to No. 3 in the world rankings. He followed his victory with a second gold medal in the team competition on Jan. 18, where he played a key role in Team USA’s 45-44 win over Italy, the reigning world and Olympic champion.
The U.S. men’s foil team won gold at the Paris World Cup – the most prestigious event on the circuit – for the first time in the team’s history on Jan. 18. Team USA fencers Alexander Massialas, Imboden, Gerek Meinhardt and Miles Chamley-Watson defeated reigning world championship silver medalist China, 45-38, in the quarterfinals and a Russian team led by the reigning individual senior world champion, 45-36, in the semifinals. Fencing for gold, Team USA upset Italy, the top-ranked team in the world, 45-44.
Paralympic Nordic skier Oksana Masters (Louisville, Kentucky) finished runner-up and water skier Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Florida) took third in the female voting. On the men’s ballot, Paralympic snowboarder Mike Shea (Castaic, California) and Paralympic Nordic skier Andy Soule (San Antonio, Texas) earned second and third place. The U.S. Men’s Fencing North American Cup Team finished second, while the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Ice Hockey Team claimed third in the team voting category.
Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline. A voting panel selects the winners from the pool of nominees with online fan voting via Twitter accounting for 10 percent of the total vote.
- Kendall Wesenberg, Skeleton
- Oksana Masters, Paralympic Nordic Skiing
- Brooke Baldwin, Water Skiing
- Race Imboden, Fencing
- Mike Shea, Paralympic Snowboarding
- Andy Soule, Paralympic Nordic Skiing
- U.S. Men’s Foil Team, Fencing
- U.S. Men’s North American Cup Team, Skeleton
- U.S. Women’s Under-18 Team, Ice Hockey