July 26, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. (July 26, 2012) – Part three of the three-part video web series on Daryl Homer and Dagmara Wozniak’s road to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games is now available on the StormTracker All-Access section of RedStormSports.com and the St. John's Red Storm Facebook page.
Get to know Homer and Wozniak before they hit the strip with Team USA at the 30th Olympiad in London.
In the web series finale, the London-bound duo discuss their long-standing relationship with Yury Gelman. Gelman, who will enter his 18th season at the helm of the St. John’s fencing team in the fall, is appearing in his fourth Olympic Games as the U.S. men’s saber coach.
At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Gelman and St. John’s alum Keeth Smart led men’s saber to a silver medal – the first medal U.S. fencing had earned since 1984. Gelman has also trained numerous Olympians at his Manhattan Fencing Club, including Homer and Wozniak.
Wozniak, a 23 year-old Avenel, N.J. native, is making her second-career Olympics appearance. At the 2008 Games in Beijing, Wozniak served as a replacement athlete for the U.S. women's saber squad. She is currently ranked No. 2 in the U.S. and No. 12 in the world.
A first-time Olympian, Homer redshirted the 2012 college season to train exclusively for the Olympics. The 21-year-old Bronx, N.Y. native is currently the top-ranked men’s saber fencer in the U.S. and No. 12 in the world. At St. John’s, Homer earned back-to-back individual NCAA Championship titles in men’s saber.
Tomorrow’s Olympic Opening Ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcasted on NBC. Carrying the flag for Team USA will be Wozniak’s fellow sabreur Mariel Zagunis – the two-time defending gold-medalist in women’s saber.
Homer and Wozniak’s competition schedule is as follows:
July 27, 7:30 p.m. ET – Opening Ceremony
July 29, TBA – Homer: men’s saber individual event
Aug. 1, TBA – Wozniak: women’s saber individual event
Aug. 3, TBA – Homer: men’s saber team event
For more on Daryl and Dagmara’s path to the 2012 Olympic Games, follow their official twitter accounts (@DarylHomerUSA and @DagaUSAFencing) as well as the official St. John's fencing twitter account (@STJ_Fencing).