Episode 2: Ro Sobalvarro

Here is Episode Two of the SabreCoachKate podcast! You’ll hear a conversation I had with Roberto Sobalvarro. He is full of surprises. He came to fencing in an unusual way, playing tennis during his young life then taking up fencing on a dare. After graduating from college, he decided to take a job as a high school fencing coach instead of the law school path he had originally planned for himself.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of all was his climb to the pinnacle of coaching in our sport: He was the Women’s Epee Coach at the 2012 Olympics and helped them take home the only medal the US would receive in fencing at those Games. He is now the head coach at the Twin Cities Fencing Club in St. Paul, Minnesota and has been involved in fencing for over 35 years. In recognition for all his accomplishments, ro will be inaugurated into the Hall of Fame this year.

Check out this episode!

Direct download of the MP3

Here it is on SoundCloud


2 thoughts on “Episode 2: Ro Sobalvarro

  1. I like his answer about youth specialization (somewhat mixed), especially his acknowledgement of the business interests and bottom line of private clubs is often at odds with specialization; but also that many kids do partake in other activities and are often “overbooked.”
    – Jeremy Schmid


    1. It’s a concept that’s getting a lot of discussion across many sports. As a year-round sport, it’s even more important for fencing to talk about it and figure out a way to help make it work for both sides (clubs and kids).


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