(1978 - )
Tim Morehouse is a Jewish
American Olympic fencer.
A New York City native, Morehouse was born on July
29, 1978 and has competed at the Olympic level as a member of Team USA
as a fencing tour de force. He is an Olympic silver medalist in fencing
(2008 Beijing Olympics), two-time individual US National Champion (’10
and ’11), seven-time world cup medalist and #1-ranked US men’s
saber fencer from 2008-2011. Morehouse will compete at the 2012
London Olympic Games, his third Olympic team.
A graduate of Brandeis
University, Morehouse was awarded the Brandeis University Alumni
Achievement Award in 2010, becoming the youngest recipient in the history
of that prestigious award. He is the author of American Fencer: Modern
Lessons from an Ancient Sport, Founder and Producer of the Fencing Masters
Tournament, the largest spectator fencing competition in the U.S. and
the only non-Olympic televised tournament in the United
In 2011, Morehouse founded the Fencing-in-the-Schools
foundation – a non-profit program dedicated to bringing the sport
of fencing to under-served communities throughout the country. He also
is a media personality known for promoting the sport of fencing.
Morehouse has been featured on the Today Show, Access
Hollywood, Good Day New York, MSNBC and Bloomberg News and in Esquire
magazine, Vanity Fair, USA Today and the Sports Business Journal. In
2009, Morehouse taught President Obama to fence on the White House Lawn.
Morehouse is a force to be reckoned with both on and
off the field of play in the sport. He is an eight-time U.S. National
Team member and two-time Olympian who won seven Pan Am titles between
2005 and 2007. Morehouse has won six World Cup medals and his silver
medal win at the 2008 Beijing Games with teammates Keeth Smart, Jason
Rogers and James Williams stands as the highest finish of any men's
event in U.S. Olympic fencing history.
At the 2012
London Summer Olympics, Morehouse competed in six events: Round
of 32, Round of 16, two Quarterfinals, Classification 5-8, and Placement
7-8. He beat the Russian fencer in the Round of 32, scoring 15; lost
to the Belarussian fencer in Round of 16 by 2 points; and lost to the
Italian and Russian fencers, respectively, in the two rounds of quarterfinals.
Finally, Morehouse beat the Chinese fencer in the Classification 5-8
and also beat his Belarussian opponent in the Placement 7-8.
Off the field, he was a 7th grade teacher for three
years with the Teach For America program and worked on staff at Teach
For America for four years as teacher trainer. Morehouse also is an
athlete ambassador for the charity Right To Play.
Much of his sense of determination is inspired by his
Jewish heritage. His maternal grandmother and two of her sisters escaped
from Germany in the mid-1930s.
One of his great aunts barely made it out after the Gestapo arrested
her husband. Thanks to her quick thinking and the help of gentile friends,
he was released. All three sisters settled in the U.S.
“My grandmother joined the Quakers, having been
influenced by their relief work in Germany
after World War II. I grew up with a mixture of traditions in my
household,” Morehouse said. “My middle name, Frank, is the
last name of my Jewish
heritage. My sense of being Jewish comes from my awareness of my grandmother’s courage and determination
to live in the face of enormous difficulties.”
Morehouse Official Website; Chutzpah