10 Questions with Sergei Golubitsky

Sergei Golubitsky is considered by many to be “The Best Foil Fencer in the World.”  It is certain that we will remain one of the best fencers of the 20th century, winning 3 straight world championships in Men’s Foil.  Sergei is a Ukrainian fencer with other notable achievements such as: writing an autobiography called Fencing Is My Life, helped to design fencing blades for the company Leon Paul, and is currently coaching his wife, Caroline (another champion in the sport.  Read a transcript of an audio interview with her : here ).  Fencing.Net did an interview with Sergei back in 2004 that is worth a look (here).  Besides Sergei’s biography (the best since Nadi’s, On Fencing), there is a dvd available in which he breaks down his performance from 3 world champion bouts (product review).  Now…. Sergei Golubitsky gives us 10 answers  –

What events in your life brought you to fencing?
My father was a fencer and foil coach. Besides I was going to the movies and watched many musketeer films (Zorro of course!).  On 31st of March 1980 my dad took me with him and after, when I was back home, talking to my mom, I decided to give my dad the news, that I was gonna fence.
What year (in your opinion) did you feel like you were at your peak?
(1992-1999)
1997 – World Champ for the first time (in individuals) and 1999, I became World Champ third year in the row, I won the World Cup.
What was your memory of the 2000 Olympics?
I was rather sad and unhappy. That didn´t help me at all for my fencing. I had private reasons for that.
—-(follow up to same question)— You placed fifth in the world! Were there no “pleasant” moments?
Almost none.
What was your training regime like?
It was different at different stages of life and age groups
What characteristic do you think make a top fencer?
Intelligence, ability to adapt quickly, ability to read oppontnt´s intention, ability to anticipate, hard worker, feeling of tempo, talent.
Are there any particular names that you follow in fencing today?
Caroline Golubitsky (my wife)
Is there, or has there ever been, anything that you did NOT like about fencing?
Non competent referee, sold referee, no fair play.
When you were competing, was there anything you did that (you felt) gave you “a competitive edge.” (i.e. meditation, music, exercise, etc?)
No, not really.
Can you tell us anything about designing your signature blade (i.e. what makes it different from others, what input you had on the process, etc)?
Leon Paul was making blades and giving them to me, in order to test and approve them.  They made necessary improvements to my requests up to the moment.   I was happy with the product.
How are you spending your time these days?
At the moment I´m training my wife for Olympics and travelling with her.  It looks like in the future I might work in the US.
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