There will be more Olympic fencing on American television this summer than at any Games in history with coverage of all three weapons and eight gold medal finals scheduled in NBC’s newly released television listings for the Rio Olympic Games.
With 24-hour coverage featuring every Olympic sport across 13 platforms, fencing is scheduled to air on at least three of NBC’s networks. Live streams of every round also will air daily.
Both the individual and team competitions for women’s saber will receive extensive coverage , highlighting two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Mariel Zagunis (Beaverton, Ore.), two-time OlympianDagmara Wozniak (Avenel, N.J.) and Ibtihaj Muhammad (Maplewood, N.J.), who will become the first U.S. woman to wear a hijab in the Olympic Games. Individually, Zagunis looks to regain her crown from the 2004 and 2008 Games. As a team, the trio will be joined by Monica Aksamit (Matawan, N.J.) with the U.S. women entering the Games as winners of five straight Senior World medals.
On the men’s side, NBC’s TV coverage will highlight men’s foil as Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.), Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.) and Miles Chamley-Watson (New York City, N.Y.) are not only podium contenders to win individual medals, but will try for the first Olympic team medal in men’s foil for the United States since 1932. Massialas and Meinhardt currently rank No. 1 and No. 4 in the world, respectively, while team replacement athlete Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.) is currently seventh.
Andrey Geva (Houston, Texas) joined the USA Fencing coaching staff in 2013 as the national coach for the program in the year following the team’s bronze medal win at the London Games. Since then, Geva has become the personal coach of London medalists Kelley and Courtney Hurley (San Antonio, Texas). The Hurleys are entering Rio after the most successful quad of their careers, where both athletes have won Grand Prix and World Cup medals. As a team, Geva led the squad to two World Cup medals and wins over China and Romania, the top two teams in the world, this season alone. Zoltan Dudas (Princeton, N.J.), who coached Katharine Holmes (Washington, D.C.) at the last three Senior World Championships, will be coaching at the Games for the first time in Rio. In the team event, Sebastien Dos Santos (St. Genes De Lombaud, France) will return to the Games for the second time. The former national team coach for the U.S. Men’s Epee Team that won gold at the 2012 Senior Worlds and silver in 2010, Dos Santos coached Seth Kelsey (Colorado Springs, Colo.) to an individual fourth-place finish in London. Dos Santos has traveled with the U.S. Women’s Team over the past few seasons and will be an asset to the squad as it seeks to return to the podium.
All rounds will be live streamed on NBCOlympics.com or on the NBC Sports App. There, viewers can also find event rewinds and video highlights.
Below is the television schedule for fencing. All times are listed in ET. (Note: Each time block may include coverage of additional sports).
6:30 – 8 p.m. (USA): Women’s Fencing – Individual Epee Gold Medal Final
12 – 2:30 p.m. (MSNBC): Men’s Fencing – Individual Foil Quarterfinals
2:30 – 5 p.m. (MSNBC): Men’s Fencing – Individual Foil Semifinals and Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
9 – 11 a.m. (NBCSN): Women’s Fencing – Individual Saber Round of 32
1 – 3 p.m. (NBCSN): Women’s Fencing – Individual Saber Quarterfinals
3 – 6 p.m. (NBCSN): Women’s Fencing – Individual Saber Gold Medal Finals (LIVE)
12 – 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN): Men’s Fencing – Individual Saber Qualifying
5 – 8 p.m. (CNBC): Women’s Fencing – Individual Foil Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
8 – 9 p.m. (NBCSN): Men’s Fencing – Individual Saber Gold Medal Final
9:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (NBCSN): Women’s Fencing – Team Epee Quarterfinals (LIVE)
5 – 8 p.m. (CNBC): Women’s Fencing – Team Epee Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
9 – 10:40 a.m. (USA): Men’s Fencing – Team Foil Quarterfinals (LIVE)
12:15 – 2 p.m. (USA): Men’s Fencing – Team Foil Semifinals (LIVE)
8 – 9 p.m. (NBCSN): Men’s Fencing – Team Foil Gold Medal Final
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (MSNBC): Women’s Fencing – Team Saber Quarterfinals (LIVE)
4 – 6:15 pm. (MSNBC): Women’s Fencing – Team Saber Bronze and Gold Medal (LIVE)