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November 21, 2013

Making their point with the sword

They’re learning from the best.

Local young people are taking fencing lessons from Olympian Molly Sullivan Sliney, who lives in Bradford.

Sullivan Sliney teaches students the fine points of the art at a Recreation Department program at the Citizens Center.

Sullivan Sliney was a member of the 1988 and 1992 United States fencing teams. She was also a member of the 1987 and 1991 Pan American teams and won two gold medals with that group.

She started fencing at 10 years old as a way build her self esteem. Because of a learning disability, dyslexia, she lacked confidence and belief in herself. Attending the University of Notre Dame on a full scholarship, she received a bachelor’s degree in marketing while winning two NCAA titles, a mark recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. Notre Dame also named her its Female Athlete of the Decade for the 1980s.

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