Monday, June 28, 2010

Hail the Almost-Conquering Hero

On Saturday, Luke went to the regional US Fencing Association tournament in Atlanta. (Luke and two of his friends run a fencing school for kids who are elementary age through high school.) While Luke participated in a few tournaments when he was in high school, he’s never fenced in any USFA tournaments because most are on Sunday and involve substantial driving.

Anyway, we wished him a good time and went about our Saturday routine. In the afternoon, Luke called and said, “Hey, Mom, guess who’s going to the semi-finals?”

I said, “Wow, that’s great. We’ll be praying for you.” I thought, “Huh, that was lucky.”

Later I got another call, “Hey, Mom, I’m going to the finals!”

I was in shock. The finals?!

I asked Ariel, “Did you know that Luke was this good of a fencer?”

Ariel said, “No.”

Luke lost the final, but he took second place! (If he had won, he'd be a nationally ranked fencer. Or if two more fencers had shown up, the event would have been big enough that Luke's second place finish would have given him national ranking.) Anyway, we're very excited for him. I’d post a picture of him in his fencing gear with his medal, but he’s already at UTC this morning, keeping students from hurting themselves or blowing things up in the chem lab where Luke has a summer job as a TA.

Here's a picture of his medal.


  1. Duncan lost in the semifinals, so he took thirdplace. Would that make him the So-Close-But-Not-Quite-Conquering Hero?

  2. This whole post reminds me of that scene from The Great Race with The Great Leslie and Maggie Dubois.

    Maggie:"I won the women's international fencing championship!"

    Leslie: *clang* knocks sword away* Now if you had won the MEN'S international championship.....


  3. I remember that movie, it was really weird.

  4. That's awesome! Congratulations to him. Fencing is one of the most under-rated sports. You never hear much about it, but it's so cool. I also have a friend who got a full ride scholarship to an Ivy League college via the fencing team.

  5. No it is not! It is really really great. You have been fencing in the sun too long...