By Tim Morehouse
From the scrappy underdog with the uneven, unconventional process, to the Olympic Silver medalist competing opposed to the world’s top, Tim Morehouse’s tale is one in all grit, force, and perseverance. becoming up in long island City’s Washington Heights on the peak of the Eighties crack epidemic, Tim battled for attractiveness and popularity, basically to discover himself at a Division-III collage, the place he knew his strength wasn’t being totally met. Returning to his previous stomping grounds after commencement, he taught for educate for the USA until eventually his night fencing trainings earned him sufficient overseas issues to scratch his method onto the U.S. Olympic Fencing crew.
American Fencer is the not going tale of a made up our minds adolescence, breaking out of his surroundings to persist with his dream. via unremitting mentors and a myriad of maxed-out charge cards, Morehouse unearths himself as a contradiction to his atmosphere. by no means becoming in, by no means feeling sufficient, his largest conflict is with himself.
Morehouse makes use of fencing because the metaphor for all times; by way of overcoming his stumbling blocks in fencing, he chanced on the braveness to use an analogous the right way to his personal existence. at the back of the masks, he will be someone. He always feels a necessity to turn out his self esteem: not just to others, yet to himself. “I discovered there has been not anything to win or lose yet myself.” steadily he discovered that excuses make luck impossible.
Whether or no longer you’ve ever picked up a foil, an epée, or a saber, Tim’s tale speaks to we all who anticipated to at least one day locate that means in our profession, in our existence, in our pursuits. This memoir doesn’t dance round the incontrovertible fact that occasionally existence is a struggle—it proves that via self-discipline and tough paintings, those goals are attainable.
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