Salt Lake City Selected as Host for 2020 Junior and Cadet Worlds
The host of the last Olympic Games to be held in the United States, Salt Lake City will welcome more than 1,000 future Olympic hopefuls in 2020.
In 2017, the Federation Internationale d'Escrime selected Salt Lake City to host the 2020 Junior and Cadet World Championships during its annual Congress in Dubai.
"USA Fencing is honored that the International Fencing Federation has chosen Salt Lake City to host the 2020 Junior and Cadet World Championships," said Donald Anthony Jr., USA Fencing President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. "2020 will mark the 20th anniversary of the last Junior World Championships held on U.S. soil and we look forward to welcoming the international fencing community back to the United States. Salt Lake City has hosted numerous World Championship events in addition to the 2002 Olympic Games and we look forward to partnering with our colleagues at Visit Salt Lake and the Utah Sports Commission to make the 2020 Junior and Cadet Worlds one of the best yet!"
The 10-day event will take place from April 3-12, 2020 at the Salt Palace Convention Center with athletes competing for gold in Junior (U20) individual and team events as well as Cadet (U17) individual events and a Cadet mixed team competition.
The Junior and Cadet Worlds has been a past proving ground for future Olympic medalists. Of Team USA's fencing medalists at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, eight of nine were previous medal winners at the Junior and Cadet Worlds:
· Mariel Zagunis (Beaverton, Ore.), four-time Olympic medalist and five-time Junior World Champion
· Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.), two-time Olympic medalist and four-time Junior World Champion
· Daryl Homer (Bronx, N.Y.), 2016 Olympic silver medalist and two-time Junior World medalist
· Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 2016 Olympic team bronze medalist and two-time Junior World Team Champion
· Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.), 2016 Olympic team bronze medalist and two-time Junior World Team Champion
· Miles Chamley-Watson (New York City, N.Y.), 2016 Olympic team bronze medalist and 2008 Junior World Team Champion
· Dagmara Wozniak (Avenel, N.J.), 2016 Olympic team bronze medalist and 2006 Junior World Team Champion
· Monica Aksamit (Matawan, N.J.), 2016 Olympic team bronze medalist and 2008 Junior World team silver medalist