Park City’s Daniel Holley shines at Junior Olympics
Park City fencer Daniel Holley medaled at the Junior Olympics held at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. Thousands of fencers who qualified for the right to compete in the Junior Olympics in their respective regions came from all over the country to compete in this national championship event. Holley was able to capture the 8th-place medal and stand on the podium with his head coach, Elaine Aliberti. Holley had to fence six pool bouts to be seeded into the direct elimination tableau; a sudden death event. On his way to the top 8, Holley had to fence five sudden-death matches before entering the medal round of the top 8. He barely lost his 6th match by one touch in overtime in a tough match to California fencer Jeffrey Chen.
Holley has been fencing since the age of nine and has won numerous regional, national and even international medals, however this is the most prestigious medal to be earned in a very tough age category as Cadet (under 17) and Junior (under 20) foilists are some of the best in the country, and this was a championship event.
Park City Fencing Academy has decided to invite all new students ages 8 to 14 to come and fence for free in the month of April. Park City fencer and National Gold Medalist Mariah Slagle, along with Holley and Coach Aliberti, also a two-time National Champion, will be teaching the fencing sessions. New students will learn the basic footwork, offensive and defensive actions, and rules of the game, as well as have the chance to fence on electric scoring machines like those used at the National Championships. Holley and Slagle will be there to help mentor all new students and answer any questions.
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