Armonk teen Sylvie Binder wins gold at national fencing tournament
Sylvie Binder, 13, of Armonk, won the gold medal in the 14-and-under women’s foil at the United States Fencing Association’s Super Youth Circuit fencing tournament held Jan. 5 in Durham, N.H.
Binder, who went into the tournament ranked No. 12 nationally in her age category, bested a field of 61 fencers from all over the country. Her ranking is expected to improve as a result of the win, her father, Jeffrey, said.
Binder’s next test will come at the United States Fencing Association’s North American Cup beginning Jan. 18 in Louisville, where she will compete among older fencers, including several Olympians from the 2012 London Games. In February, she is expected to compete at the USFA’s Junior Olympic competition in Baltimore.
Binder is in the 8th grade at H.C. Crittenden Middle School in Armonk. She trains at the Fencing Academy of Westchester in Hawthorne with coach Slava Grigoriev, a two-time Olympian.
Fencing champion Sylvie Binder with her gold medal. (Jan. 10, 2013)