At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Tim Morehouse established himself as not only one of the greatest fencers in US history but also an inspirational leader and motivational force. By winning the silver medal in a stunning upset victory over perennial world powerhouse Russia, Morehouse and his teammates shocked the world with the first medal in 60 years and highest result ever achieved for the US in the men’s saber team event.
On this unlikely medalist team, Tim was the unlikeliest of members having not followed the traditional path of most US Olympians. After being overlooked by all of the major NCAA fencing powerhouses, he fenced at Division III Brandeis University, where he became a 3-time All-American and upon graduating, became a teacher with the Teach For America program. Tim then simultaneously trained for the Olympics while working full-time as an educator in New York City inner-city schools.
Tim now spends a significant amount of time translating his leadership and motivational skills as one of the most well-known ambassadors for the sport of fencing. As a speaker and athlete ambassador, Tim has spoken to more than 30,000 students about achieving their dreams and has given his powerful presentations at companies such as BP, GE, the Young Presidents Organization, Google, Hugo Boss, Ameriprise and Habitat For Humanity.
Tim was honored as one of President Obama’s “Champions of Change” at the White House in 2012 for his service to the country with Teach For America and AmeriCorps. He is also the youngest recipient of Brandeis University’s alumni achievement award while being the school’s first and only Olympian.
His success as an athlete ambassador for the sport of fencing is renowned. He famously taught President Obama to fence on the White House Lawn, his 501(c)3 foundation Fencing-in-the-Schools brings the sport of fencing to schools around the country, and the Fencing Masters competition he founded in 2010 is currently the largest fencing spectator tournament in the USA and is the country’s first nationally-televised US fencing tournament outside of the Olympics.
One of his proudest personal achievements was taking the lead role advocating for his teammate Mariel Zagunis’ selection as the US Olympic Team flag bearer for the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Games.
Tim authored the book American Fencer: Modern Lessons from an Ancient Sport (www.americanfencer.com), which chronicles his journey and shares the lessons he learned growing up in New York City’s crime ridden neighborhood of Washington Heights during the 1980’s crack epidemic and how he rose from there to the Olympic podium.
In addition to Tim’s success at the Beijing Games, the New York City native (born July 29, 1978), is three-time Olympic team member (’04, ’08, ’12), two-time individual US National Champion ('10 and '11), seven-time world cup medalist, Pan American individual silver medalist (’11) and team gold medalist (’11) and No. 1-ranked U.S. men's saber fencer from 2008 to 2011.
As a TV personality, he has appeared numerous times on the Today Show, Access Hollywood, E! News and a variety of nationally-televised news programs. He is also one of the most photographed fencers in history and was a Wilhelmina model appearing in Details, Vanity Fair, V Man, Esquire and ESPN Magazine’s prestigious Body Issue.
Tim has served as a master of ceremonies at numerous events, including the distinguished AAU Sullivan Awards, where he has been the emcee for the past three years. Known as the “Oscars” of amateur sports awards, the AAU Sullivan Award honors the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States based on the qualities of leadership, character, sportsmanship and the ideals of amateurism.
Tim has been an ambassador for numerous national brands and was one of the first fencers in US history to receive corporate sponsorships and he was the first US fencer in history to have shoe named after him. In 2012, he represented Ralph Lauren on the Today Show with David Lauren as they unveiled the US Olympic team opening ceremony outfit. He has also been a spokesman for BistroMD, Sabra, Technogym and Absolute Fencing.
Tim is an athlete ambassador for the charity for Right To Play, and he is a captain and ambassador for the US Olympic Committee’s Team For Tomorrow initiative that serves to spread the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect throughout the country.
Tim resides in New York City with his fiancé Rachael Kun.
- U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist -- '08
- U.S. Olympic Team -- '04, '08, '12
- U.S. National Individual Champion -- '10, '11
- U.S. National Team Champion -- '04, '11
- No. 1 Ranked U.S. Men's Saber Fencer -- '08 -'11
- U.S. National Team Member -- '04 -'11
- World Cup Team Champion -- '04
(Only U.S. men's saber team in history)
- Seven-time World Cup Medalist -- '05 -'06, '07, '09 –'12
- Pan American Games Individual Silver Medalist -- '11
- Pan American Games Team Gold Medalist -- '11
- Four-time North American Cup Gold Medalist – Dec. '09, Jan. & Oct. '10, Jan. '11
- Three-Time NCAA All-American -- '97 -'00
- Brandeis University Alumni Achievement Award -- '10
- NCAA Fencer of the Year -- '00
- Charles Napoli Scholar-Athlete Award -- '00
- Cointe Sportsmanship Award -- '00