Tim Morehouse is spreading the word to youngsters: If you learn to parry challenges, play to your strengths and aim high, you can find success in whatever endeavor you choose.
The USA Fencing stalwart, a member of three U.S. Olympic Teams (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012) and an Athlete Ambassador for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Team for Tomorrow program, brought a lighthearted touch to the inspirational message he delivered last week at the Vanderbilt YMCA in New York City, where he shared his personal story of determination with 200 public school students ranging from elementary school through high school.
Morehouse, an Olympic silver medalist with the 2008 U.S. saber team, emphasized he was never the most talented athlete in his chosen sport. In fact, he said, he was kind of a dork.
“In high school, I was no way destined to make the Olympic team,” Morehouse said. “I picked up a sword and I was not a prodigy. I want to talk about the things I did to become an Olympian, because in your life you can use the same lessons to be what you want to be.”