April 5, 2012
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. -- Air Force officials recently named the service's 2011 top male and female athletes of the year. Capt. Weston S. Kelsey, a force support officer from the 310th Mission Support Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., is the 2011 male athlete of the year.
Kelsey is the nation's top Men's Epee fencer. He won the December 2010 North American Cup, led the U.S. Men's Epee Fencing Team to the 2011 National Team Championship and the 2011 Zonal Team Championship. He finished seventh in the World Fencing Championship in Paris, leading the U.S. team to its first ever World Cup gold medal in the sport. Kelsey also led the team to silver medals at the World Cup Tallinn in Estonia and the World Cup Heidenheim in Germany. He is currently ranked 14th in the world in this sport and will represent the United States in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London; his third time making the U.S. Olympic Team.
When recognized for his 20 years of hard work and dedication to fitness and fencing, Kelsey said he's humbled and honored to not only represent himself and the Air Force, but the entire nation in the upcoming Olympics.
"When I was 10 years old, I had two friends who were fencing," Kelsey said. "I was ready to move on from baseball so I thought I would give fencing a try. I never imagined that I would be still fencing 20 years later in the Olympic Games."
While at the Academy, Kelsey was the 2003 NCAA Men's Epee national champion. He earned All-American honors four consecutive years. In 2003, he received the athletics Outstanding Cadet, Athletic Achievement Award and was named the most valuable male fencer for 2001, 2002 and 2003. Following graduation, Kelsey entered the World Class Athlete Program. Since then he has had a successful Olympic career.
For more information about the Air Force Athlete of the Year and other Air Force Sports programs, visit http://www.usafsports.com/
by Eric M. Grill
Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs