Mona Shaito médaille d’or des jeux olympiques junior au fleuret !
23 février 2011 Laisser un commentaire
Article paru sur le site http://usfencing.org, par Nicole Jomantas
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Sixteen-year-old Mona Shaito (Garland, Texas) has travelled around the world in her pursuit of becoming one of the top junior foil fencers on the international scene, but on Saturday she had a rare occurrence – the opportunity to win gold just 20 minutes from home.
Shaito successfully defended her 2010 Junior Olympic title in the U17 cadet division on Saturday as she won 13 bouts to earn the gold medal in front of friends and family at the Dallas Convention Center.
“I’ve been working hard and I feel like it paid off in this tournament,” said Shaito who defeated Sara Taffel (New York City, N.Y.), 15-12, in the final. “It’s different because it’s really hard to set your mentality when you’re not in a hotel like I’m used to being in. You’re sleeping in your own house and then you have to wake up and go to a tournament, but it’s good. I like it. I live like 20 minutes away, so it’s really great being able to go home after this.”
A seventh-place finisher at the 2010 Cadet World Championships, Shaito also will compete on Monday in the U20 junior division as she looks to secure her slot at the 2011 Junior and Cadet Worlds in Jordan next month. [...]