Gelman Named To Coaching Staff For 2016 U.S. Olympic Fencing Team
St. John’s head fencing coach Yury Gelman was named to the U.S. fencing coaching staff for the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics, as announced yesterday by USA Fencing.
Gelman was one of just 12 coaches chosen to help lead the USA Fencing team in Rio. This will be his fifth career, and fifth-straight trip to the Olympics as one of the coaches of the USA Fencing team.
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Gelman led the U.S. men’s saber team to the silver medal with St. John’s alumnus Keeth Smart as one of the members of the team. It was the best-ever finish for the U.S. men’s saber team and it was their first medal since the 1984 Olympics.
A member of the U.S. Fencing Hall of Fame, Gelman will help coach former St. John’s student-athletes Dagmara Wozniak and Daryl Homer in the women’s and men’s saber competitions. Wozniak will make her third appearance at the Olympics this summer, while Homer will be making his second appearance.
During the 2012 London Games, Homer finished in sixth place in the men’s individual saber and Wozniak came in eighth place in the women’s individual saber. Gelman coached Homer at the 2015 Senior World Championships, where Homer earned silver in men’s saber.
The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics begin on August 5, while the first fencing competition will start on August 6. All rounds will be live streamed on NBCOlympics.com.