June 24, 1977 |
New York, New York, United States
Bayer and his older brother, Greg, used to duel in their parents' living room with Luke Skywalker light sabres when they were children. Their mother, fearing damage to the furniture, took them to a fencing salle in New York City. Bayer began fencing at the age of 8, and competing internationally at the age of 16.
Cliff is now an investment banker for UBS Securities, covering the commercial aerospace industry.
Bayer won the U.S. National Championship in 1995, while still a senior at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, becoming the youngest national champion ever, at the age of 17—an honor that he held until 2007, when Gerek Meinhardt won the championship at the age of 16.
At the 1996 Summer Olympics, Bayer placed 34th in the individual foil competition, and was a member of the U.S. foil team that finished 10th.
Entering the 2000 Summer Olympics, Bayer was ranked No. 8 in the world in foil. Bayer won his second round match over Sobczak of Poland (15–9), but lost in the third round to Young-Ho Kim (14–15), and was eliminated from the competition. placing 10th. Bayer was named the 2000 U.S. Olympic Committee male Fencing Athlete of the Year.
In May 1999, Bayer became the first American to earn a medal at a senior men's World Cup event, taking the bronze medal in Espinho, Portugal.
Three months later, in St. Petersburg, Russia, he became the first American to win a World Cup title, winning the "World Championship Cup." At that competition, he routed 3-time world champion Sergei Golubitsky of Ukraine 15–6 in the quarterfinals before defeating 1995 world champion Dmitriy Shevchenko of Russia 10–5 in the final. Bayer recalls that the Russian crowd was so shocked by the result that: "I looked into the crowd and saw 500 dropped jaws."
At the 1999 World Championships, Bayer placed 12th in the individual foil event, and 11th in team foil. In his three previous World competitions (1995, 1997, and 1998), he had not fared better than 30th.
Pan American Games
Bayer won a team silver medal at the 1999 Pan American Games in Canada.
Hall of Fame & Awards
In 1996, Bayer was named U.S. Fencer of the Year.
Bayer was honored in 1999 as the United States Olympic Committee's Male Athlete of the Month for May, beating out canoe sprinter Nate Johnson, boxer Demetrius Hopkins, and cycler Christian Vande Velde.
Bayer was inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
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- Pan American Games results
- "Life Magazine" photo
- National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame bio
- Jews in Sports bio
- "Jews in the Olympics"
- Jews in the 2000 Olympics