Former Air Force Fencer to Compete in 2008 Olympic Games
July 8, 2008
USAF Academy, Colo. - Academy graduate Capt. Seth Kelsey will compete on the United States Fencing Team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Kelsey, who graduated in 2003, was one of the Academy's top fencers in the program. His illustrious Academy career included the men's epee national title in 2003, four All-America selections, and the No. 1-ranking in the country, which he still holds today. Following graduation, Kelsey entered the Air Force World Class Athlete Program and was selected to represent the United States in the 2004 Olympics. He is the only Air Force athlete to compete in back-to-back Olympic Games.
Representing the United States are Seth Kelsey, men's epee; Gerek Meinhard, men's foil; Keeth Smart, Timothy Morehouse, Jason Rogers and James Williams, men's saber; Kelley Hurley, women's epee; Emily Cross, Erinn Smart, Hanna Thompson and Doris Willette, women's foil; and Rebecca Ward, Sada Jacobson, Mariel Zagunis and Dagmara Wozniak, women's saber.
In March 2008, Kelsey was commemorated on a stamp issued by the Republic of Benin. The stamp was designed to honor the different sports of the 2008 Olympic Games. The fencing stamp features Kelsey from the 2004 Olympics.