June 25, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State Head Fencing Coach Vladimir Nazlymov  will be inducted into the USA Fencing Hall of Fame in Columbus on June 27.

Nazlymov, who has led Ohio State to three NCAA titles (2004, 2008 and 2012) will be one of nine honorees at the USA Fencing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which will take place at 7 p.m. in Room E171 at the Columbus Convention Center.

Tickets to the ceremony can be purchased at the door for $20 each.

As a competitor for the Soviet Union, Nazlymov won three Olympic gold medals in 1968, 1976 and 1980 and a total of 10 Senior World titles.

In addition to building Ohio State into a fencing dynasty that has produced individual and team NCAA Champions, Nazlymov coaching athletes to NCAA titles Nazlymov was honored by USA Fencing as Coach of the Year in 1999 and has been both coach and captain of USA Fencing’s National Teams.

Among Nazlymov’s most successful athletes was Jason Rogers (New York City, N.Y.) who won a silver medal in team saber at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Nazlymov will be inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside five Olympians and three other coaches.

This year’s inductees also include Erinn Smart (Brooklyn, N.Y.) who became the first African-American woman to win an Olympic medal when she took silver in women’s team foil at the 2008 Games, as well as her older brother, Keeth Smart (Brooklyn, N.Y.) who also won silver at the Beijing Olympic Games as the anchor of the U.S. Men’s Saber Team.

Other inductees include:

  • Ivan Lee (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 2004 Olympian
  • James Melcher (New York City, N.Y.), 1972 Olympian
  • Ed Vebell (Westport, Conn.), 1952 Olympian
  • Alec Hern (New York City, N.Y.), coach of 1960 Olympic medalist Albie Axelrod
  • Vladimir Nazlymov (Columbus, Ohio), three-time Olympic Champion and coach at Ohio State University
  • Hippolyte Nicholas (New York City, N.Y.), coach of the Fencers Club
  • Richard Oles (Pasadena, Md.), coach at Johns Hopkins University