|Birth name||György Woittitz|
|Born||April 1, 1915|
|Died||January 15, 2006 (aged 90)|
Orangeburg, New York, United States
|Height||5-8 (173 cm)|
|Weight||154 lb (70 kg)|
Early and personal life
Worth was born György Woittitz in Budapest, Hungary, and was Jewish. Because of the political climate in Hungary in 1937, Worth sought to emigrate to the United States, but he was unable to do so directly because he was Jewish and spent two years in Cuba.
Worth finally came to the United States, and changed his name to George Worth, and at the age of 22 he was living in Manhattan in New York City. He became a US citizen. Worth served for the US in World War II, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 and 1945, winning several Bronze Stars.
Worth began fencing while he was a youth in Hungary, at Salle Santelli, the salle d’armes of Italo Santelli, a sabre coach and the father of Giorgio Santelli, who became a five-time US Olympic coach. During his two years in Cuba, Worth won the Cuban national sabre championship and fenced often with Ramon Fonst, who had won the Olympic championship in both 1900 and 1904.
Worth won the US AFLA national sabre championship in 1954, and was a 5-time medalist. He was a member of 14 national championship teams, representing Salle Santelli his entire career.
At the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne at 41 years of age, he reached the semifinals in the sabre event. In the team event they had a bye into the semifinals, where they were defeated.
Pan American Games
Worth was also a member of three Pan-American teams on behalf of the US. He won the individual silver medal in sabre and the team gold medal in sabre and foil at the 1951 Pan American Games in Argentina. He repeated those results at the 1955 Pan American Games in Mexico. At the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago, he again won a team gold, and came in fifth in the individual competition.
After his fencing career concluded, he was a leading official in the sport.
Hall of Fame
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