2004 Falcon Open at U.S. Air Force Academy - December 5, 2004 Page 1 of 1
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Gary, one of the Armorers, and Jack, fellow Pikes Peak Fencing League members, check out Jack's weapon before the bouts begin.
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Joe does some stretching to limber up before the bouts begin.
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Joe, on the left, dances his way out of a touch in his first bout of the poules.
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Joe, on the left, parries off an attack by his opponent.
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Joe, on the left, is one point away from winning, as he wards off his opponent's attack.
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Joe squeaked out a 5-4 victory as he and his opponent end the bout with the traditional handshake.
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Joe, on the left, parrying off an attack.
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Joe, on the left, makes a good touch, and scores a point. Joe won this bout 5-1.
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Joe takes a short breather before his last bout of the poules, as Jack, a fellow PPFL member, looks on in the background.
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Joe, on the left, scored this close point to keep one point ahead of his opponent. Joe goes on to win this bout 5-2.
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Joe, on the left, begins his first DE (Direct Elimination) bout ahead 1-0 -- only 14 more points to a win!
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Joe, on the left, barely wards off an attack by his opponent in his first bout of the DEs.
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Joe, on the left, is comfortably ahead 10-5 in his first DE bout -- but, it ain't over, till it's over!
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Joe, on the left, wards off a lunge towards the end of his first DE bout.
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The Director watches as Joe and his opponent shake hands after Joe wins his first DE bout 15-6.
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Joe performs the traditional salute before the start of his second DE bout, which he goes on to win 15-10.
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Joe, on the left, unfortunately has to bout againt his fellow Pikes Peak Fencing League member, Mike, in his third DE bout.
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Joe, on the left, in his third DE bout, parries off a strong attack by Mike.
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Joe and Mike take one of the required one-minute breaks in the 15-minute DE bout. Joe is only one point away from winning this close match.
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It was a tough and close match againt a friendly opponent, but Joe finally won 15-12 in his third DE bout.
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Joe, on the left, in the early part of his fourth DE bout against an Air Force Academy cadet.
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Joe's fouth DE bout was long and hard against an Air Force Cadet, and Joe, on the left, ultimately lost 12-15. He placed 3rd overall in the tournament out of 31 foil fencers.
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The members of the Pikes Peak Fencing League in attendance at the 2004 Falcon Open at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Front row: Don, Jack and Joe. Second row: Gary, Mark, and Mike. Back row: Les and Jeff.
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One of the Directors looks on, as the winners in the 2004 Falcon Open at the U.S. Air Force Academy prepare to accept their prizes. Joe, third from the left, finished in third place out of 31 foil fencers. Mike on the far right, placed 6th.
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Joe shows off his third place prize, a U.S. Air Force watch, in the 2004 Falcon Open at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

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