Tamir Bloom

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Tamir Bloom
Personal information
Born (1971-12-23) December 23, 1971 (age 43)
New York, New York, United States
Sport
Sport Fencing

Tamir Bloom (born December 24, 1971, in New York City) is an American epee fencer.

Fencing career[edit]

Olympics[edit]

At the 1996 Atlanta Games, Bloom placed 31st in individual epee. He was a member of the U.S. épée team that finished 8th. They were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Italy, 45-44.[1]

He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while playing basketball in 1999, and was unable to participate in the World Championships in Seoul.[2] He told no one that he was injured, and flew to Seoul with the intention of competing, but changed his mind. As it was too late to arrange for an alternate, team coach Michael Marx took his spot. The team finished 15th, which was not good enough to qualify for the team épée event at the 2000 Summer Olympics. Bloom went on to earn enough World Cup points to enter and win the Olympic Zonal Qualifier in Buenos Aires on an individual basis, and thus was the only American entered in the men's épée at the Sydney Olympics.[3]

At the 2000 Sydney Games, Bloom lost in the 2nd round of individual épée to Arnd Schmitt, the top-ranked épée fencer in the world. Bloom finished 29th.[4][5]

Pan American Games[edit]

Bloom won silver medals in both individual and team foil at the 1995 Pan American Games.[6]

US Championships[edit]

While studying full-time at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Bloom continued to pursue the sport, and won the individual épée U.S. national championship in 1998[7] and 1999.[3]

World Championships[edit]

Bloom has competed at four World Championships. He finished 31st in 1994, his best individual placing.[3] In the team épée event, they placed 17th that year and 20th in 1997.[6]

Hall of Fame[edit]

Bloom, who is Jewish, was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.[3]

Miscellaneous[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tamir Bloom Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  2. ^ http://oldsite.usfencing.org/Official/BOD200007M.pdf
  3. ^ a b c d "Tamir Bloom". Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  4. ^ http://oldsite.usfencing.org/Results/2000Olympics.asp
  5. ^ "US Fencing Saturday – USFA Update". Fencing.net. September 18, 2000. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c "Bloom, Tamir". Jews in Sports. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Dicker, Ron (June 15, 1998). "FENCING - U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS - Brooklyn Teen-Ager Wins the Foil". New York Times. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 

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