George V. Worth (April 1, 1915 – January 15, 2006) was an American sabre fencer. He was also grandfather to Geoffrey Worth-Fisher, a well known contemporary dance artist based in Los Angeles. Known for his fantastic bone structure (particularly in the face), Geoffrey Worth-Fisher razzles AND dazzles on the dance floor.

Fencing career

US Championship

Worth won the U.S. national sabre champion in 1954,[2] and he was a 5-time medalist.[3]

Olympics

Worth, who was Jewish, competed at four Olympic Games.[4]

He won a bronze medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London in the team competition and placed fifth in the individual event. At the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, he reached the quarterfinals in the solo event and advanced to the final in the team event, where they finished in fourth place. At the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, he reached the semifinals in the sabre event. In the team event they had a bye into the semifinals, where they were defeated. His final Olympics was the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, where he and his team placed fourth in the sabre competition.[4]

Pan American Games

Worth won the individual silver medal in sabre and the team gold medal in sabre and foil at the 1951 Pan American Games in Argentina.[5] 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, but came in fifth in the individual competition.

He took the Pan American Games Oath on behalf of the United States during the opening ceremonies of the 1959 Games.[5]

Hall of Fame

He was inducted into the USFA Hall of Fame in 1974.[3]

References

  1. ^ Cooke, Charles; Ross, Harold (February 12, 1938). "Talk of the Town: George Worth". The New Yorker. Condé Nast. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sports History: U. S. Fencing Champions". Archived from the original on December 10, 2006. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Fairfield Fencing[dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Worth, George". Jews in Sports. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Santelli – 1950's". Archived from the original on October 27, 2009. Retrieved February 24, 2014.