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First to 15: The USA Fencing Podcast

Welcome to the official podcast of USA Fencing! In each episode, we’ll talk to someone interesting within the fencing world, including young fencers just learning the sport, coaches, experts from outside of fencing, fencing parents, referees, Olympians and Paralympians, and many more. Ready? Set? Fence!

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Damien Lehfeldt on How Team USA Is Using Analytics to Get an Edge
In this episode of First to 15, we're joined by "The Fencing Coach" himself, Damien Lehfeldt. Damien has been writing The Fencing Coach blog since 2012. That’s the same year he helped coach Team USA’s Suzanne Stetinius to the London Olympics in Modern Pentathlon. He’s now a coach at Nova Fencing Club in Virginia.Damien is a former epee fencer who had a successful career at Brandeis University, where he graduated in 2009, and he later won gold in the men’s epee team event at the 2012 North American Cup.On top of all that, he’s the strategy and data lead for the Team USA national epee team. We’re going to talk about what that means and more in today’s episode.The Fencing Coach websiteThe Fencing Coach on InstagramVisit the USA Fencing websiteFollow USA Fencing on InstagramRead a transcript for this episode
29:20 09/19/2022
USA Fencing CEO Phil Andrews on the Future of Our Sport
In this episode of First to 15, we're joined by Phil Andrews, CEO of USA Fencing. Listen for a frank and entertaining conversation about Phil's time as an ice hockey player, what he's most proud of from his time as CEO of USA Weightlifting, his commitment to transparency at USA Fencing and much more. Read (or subscribe to) 5 Minutes With Phil, a monthly newsletterConnect with Phil on InstagramVisit the USA Fencing websiteFollow USA Fencing on InstagramRead a transcript for this episodeFirst to 15: The Official Podcast of USA FencingHost: Bryan WendellCover art: Manna CreationsTheme music: Brian Sanyshyn
31:54 09/05/2022
Chris O’Loughlin on the Road to the 1992 Olympics and His Continued Success in Veteran Fencing
In this episode of First to 15, we're joined by Chris O’Loughlin, an epee fencer and 1992 Olympian who has been an individual national champion at pretty much every level — junior, NCAA, senior and veteran.In June, voters across the country elected O’Loughlin into the USA Fencing Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2023, which means he’ll be inducted next summer in Phoenix.See all the members of the USA Fencing Hall of FameVisit the USA Fencing websiteFollow USA Fencing on InstagramRead a transcript for this episodeFirst to 15: The Official Podcast of USA FencingHost: Bryan WendellCover art: Manna CreationsTheme music: Brian Sanyshyn
31:55 08/22/2022
Supriya Nair on Neurofencing and Whether Warming Up Really Helps You Fence Better
In this episode of First to 15, we're joined by Supriya Nair, who fences with the Rain City Fencing Center in Washington state. Supriya had always heard from her coaches that pre-bout warmups were important, but — being the curious future scientist that she is — she wondered if there was any quantitative data to prove it. So she set out to investigate this for herself — using special equipment to test that hypothesis. The result was an award-winning experiment she calls Neurofencing.See the Backyard Brains article about NeurofencingRead more about Supriya's researchVisit the USA Fencing websiteFollow USA Fencing on InstagramRead a transcript for this episodeFirst to 15: The Official Podcast of USA FencingHost: Bryan WendellCover art: Manna CreationsTheme music: Brian Sanyshyn
16:09 08/08/2022
Em Beihold on College Fencing, Mental Health and the Road to Songwriting Stardom
In this episode of First to 15, we're joined by Em Beihold, a 23-year-old epee fencer who is a 2020 graduate of UC San Diego, where she twice qualified for the NCAA Championships and helped her school win the league title two times. After college, Beihold embarked on a successful career as a singer-songwriter. Her hit song “Numb Little Bug” — a powerful pop anthem born out of a conversation about mental health — hit No. 1 on Spotify's Global Viral 50 chart in February and has been streamed more than 300 million times. Visit the USA Fencing websiteFollow Em on InstagramFollow USA Fencing on InstagramRead a transcript for this episodeFirst to 15: The Official Podcast of USA FencingHost: Bryan WendellCover art: Manna CreationsTheme music: Brian Sanyshyn
18:21 07/25/2022
Jeidus DeSeranno on the Journey from Y8 to a Senior World Cup — and Beyond
In this episode of First to 15, we're joined by Jeidus DeSeranno, a rising star in the world of men's foil at just 14 years old.Visit the USA Fencing websiteFollow USA Fencing on InstagramRead a transcript for this episodeFirst to 15: The Official Podcast of USA FencingHost: Bryan WendellCover art: Manna CreationsTheme music: Brian Sanyshyn
19:36 07/11/2022
Daryl Homer on the Secret to Consistently Strong Fencing
In this episode of First to 15, we're joined by Daryl Homer, three-time Olympian and 2016 Summer Olympics silver medalist in men's saber. Follow Daryl Homer on InstagramVisit the USA Fencing websiteFollow USA Fencing on InstagramRead a transcript for this episodeFirst to 15: The Official Podcast of USA FencingHost: Bryan WendellCover art: Manna CreationsTheme music: Brian Sanyshyn
26:26 06/27/2022
Hadley Husisian on Qualifying for Her First Senior World Team
In this episode of First to 15, we're joined by Hadley Husisian, an 18-year-old epee fencer from Oakton, Va., and the reigning junior world champion in women’s epee. Hadley represents the Fencers Club Inc., Elite Fencing Academy and DC Fencers Club.  Meet USA Fencing's 2022 Senior World TeamVisit the USA Fencing websiteFollow us on InstagramFirst to 15: The Official Podcast of USA FencingHost: Bryan WendellCover art: Manna CreationsTheme music: Brian Sanyshyn
24:02 06/13/2022
Tim French on What He's Learned as a Coach
In this episode of First to 15, we're joined by Tim French, a foil coach at the Round Rock Fencing Club in Round Rock, Texas — which is near Austin. Tim is a product of the Round Rock Fencing Club himself and actually fenced at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He was an All-American there and fenced at the NCAA Championships, placing as high as eighth in men’s epee.  Learn about the Round Rock Fencing ClubVisit the USA Fencing websiteFollow us on InstagramFirst to 15: The Official Podcast of USA FencingHost: Bryan WendellCover art: Manna CreationsTheme music: Brian Sanyshyn
22:13 05/30/2022
Magda Skarbonkiewicz on Life as a Junior World Champion
In this episode of First to 15, we're joined by Magda Skarbonkiewicz, a 16-year-old saber fencer from Portland, Oregon. You might know Magda's name from such recent hits as 2021 Cadet Women's Saber World Champion, 2022 Cadet Women's Saber World Champion, and 2022 Junior Women's Saber World Champion. Read our coverage of the saber events at the 2022 Junior & Cadet WorldsRead our full recap of the 2022 Junior & Cadet WorldsVisit the USA Fencing websiteFollow us on InstagramFirst to 15: The Official Podcast of USA FencingHost: Bryan WendellCover art: Manna CreationsTheme music: Brian Sanyshyn
18:15 05/16/2022
Lee Kiefer on the Road to Olympic Gold — and Beyond
In this episode of First to 15, we're joined by  Lee Kiefer, Olympic champion and the most successful women’s foil fencer in U.S. history. Follow Lee Kiefer on InstagramWatch Lee Kiefer's Today show interviewVisit the USA Fencing websiteFollow USA Fencing on InstagramFirst to 15: The Official Podcast of USA FencingHost: Bryan WendellCover art: Manna CreationsTheme music: Brian Sanyshyn
23:27 05/02/2022