Channel 2 weatherman Mike Alger has been watching his son, CJ, compete this week at the largest fencing tournament in the world– right here in Reno. CJ is home from college for the summer and doesn't have to travel far to participate in the tournament. I caught up with Mike, his wife Anita and daughter Mikaela, as they cheered CJ on during seven fast-paced matches on Thursday at the Reno Sparks Convention center.
Mike's a good athlete and a pretty calm guy, so it was hard to tell if he was nervous. CJ had a good showing, winning most of his matches that day, which earned him a slot as a top 40 seed going forward. He must have inherited his dad's ability to stay calm in the eye of the storm– so to speak.
Reno is hosting 3500 fencers at the USA Fencing National Championships and the North American Cup F, which are going on through July 9th at the Reno Sparks Convention Center.
CJ took up fencing his freshman year in high school and competed with the Silver Blades Fencing Academy in Reno. He now fences for Baylor University in Texas and is thrilled to be competing at this level– especially here in Nevada where his family can watch.
The tournament features individual and team events in men's and women's Epee, Foil and Sabre. The scoring is all electronic and the action is fast, yet civilized. Each competitor salutes the referee, the crowd and each other before and after a match.
The USA National Championship tournament is free and open to the public. It runs through July 9th at the Reno Sparks Convention Center. Choose your weapon!