our connection to the olympics

Did you know that 3 Kittens has a connection to the Olympics?

One of our customers, Melisa, is the sister of the head coach of the US Women’s Epee (Fencing) Team. Melisa stopped by our sidewalk sale a few weeks ago, and somehow the conversation turned to the Olympics. In a follow up email, Melisa said:

As I mentioned, my brother Roberto Sobalvarro is the fencing coach for the US Women’s Epee team,  and one of his fencers, Susie Scanlan, is on the Epee team. Susie has fenced at my brother’s club since she was young. My brother Ro owns a fencing club in St. Paul. http://twincitiesfencing.com/

Fencing is one of “those” sports that no one knows much about. My brother started fencing when he went to Macalester back in the late 70’s. He’s owned the club in St. Paul for many years. He and his wife, and teenaged son live in St. Paul.

Susie grew up in St. Paul and is a graduate of Central High School. She currently attends Princeton and fences for them.
Even though fencing is not considered one of the “top” sports at the Olympics, I think it’s great that there is a REAL local connection.
I’m attaching a picture of Ro and Susie from a recent world cup event.

Susie competes today at the London Olympics. As we’re stitching, let’s cheer her and Melissa’s brother, Ro, on!

(By the way, I know the connection is rather tenuous, but we take what we can get when it comes to Olympic connections!)

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