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Elaine Cheris Olympic Fencer and pentathlon coach


International & Olympic Fencer


  • #1 Ranked Fencer in USA in 2000

  • Olympic Team Member: 1980-1988-1996

  • Pan American Gold Medal Team 1987-1991

  • Member of 14 U.S. World Teams

  • Pan American Games Team Leader, USA Pentathlon 2003

Elaine Cheris:

Olympic Fencer & 

International Coach

Elaine Cheris is an Olympian she is a prominent member of the US fencing and pentathlon community. Her achievements, shown in the box to the side, speaks for itself.

She is a sort after coach in the US and Internationally. With teams from Korea, and athletes from Germany, Russia, and Egypt wanting to avail themselves to her fencing coaching.

Elaine opened Cheyenne Fencing club in 1981

This was in the midst of her successful fencing career competing at the olympic level  for over another decade after opening the club.

When you walk into her Denver Fencing club you are welcomed by people who want to share their passion for these sports and develop youngsters to take it to where ever their heart and actions want to take them, whether that be local tournaments, national competitions or even the Olympics.


If you just want to get fit, while being physically and mentally challenged with fencing as a recreational pursuit that is OK too.


Elaine was a competitive athlete in swimming and running; she coached swimming at Yale and started fencing late in her athletic career. She was a perfect candidate for the Olympic Pentathlon but unfortunately, there was no Pentathlon in the Olympics for women until 2000.


Fencing Steps to Success Book by Elaine Cheris

One of the most recognized fencing figures in the United States, author Elaine Cheris shares her expertise as both a fencer and instructor. Click to order your copy now!

More background about owner Elaine Cheris as an Internationally Competitive Olympic Fencer

From Wikipedia

Cheris began fencing at 29 years of age. Cheris qualified for the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, but did not compete due to the U.S. Olympic Committee's boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Russia. She was one of 461 athletes to receive a Congressional Gold Medal instead.


She did compete for the United States in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul in foil at the age of 42 (she was knocked out by Italian silver medalist Laura Chiesa, 15-13), and in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta in epee at the age of 50 (the second-oldest female US Olympic fencer ever, after Maxine Mitchell). Cheris was an alternate in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, having missed making the team by one touch.


Cheris won an individual silver medal and a team gold medal at the 1981 Maccabiah Games. At the end of the 1985 season, she was the Number 1 US female foil fencer at age 39.


She won a gold medal in team foil at the 1987 Pan American Games, and a gold medal in team epee at the 1991 Pan American Games.


Cheris was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. In 1993, the Fédération Internationale d'Escrime awarded her its Gold Medal of Honor.

She founded this fencing club the Cheyenne Fencing Society and Modern Pentathlon Center of Denver in Denver, Colorado. Cheris has authored Fencing: Steps to Success (2002).

Janusz Peciak:
Olympic Modern Pentathlete & Fencer


Cheyenne is pleased to announce the return of the ‘Guru’ of Modern Pentathlon, as Head Coach.  Janis will be running special clinics our Denver fencing club and the OTC for our Athletes.


Janusz is a Polish modern pentathlete, Olympic champion and several times world champion. He came to the US from Poland in 1985. He coached the US National team then in 1995 he became head coach at Cheyenne Fencing Society and Modern Pentathlon Center but left in 2004 to become full time Head Coach for Team USA at the Olympic Training Center.


In September of 2014, Janusz  was recognized for "Extraordinary Contributions to the Olympic Movement" by the UIPM and the Polish Olympic Committee. Janusz is a three time Olympian who won the gold medal in Modern Pentathlon during the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.

During his competition career, Janusz won  World Championship gold medals and was elected Poland's "Sports Personality of the Year in 1977 and 1981. Currently, Janusz is the Director of Sport world-wide for UIPM, a member of the UIPM Executive Board and the National Team Coach for the United States.


Janusz Peciak Olympic Champion Pentathlete
Elaine Cheris Olympic Fencer  at Cheyenne Fencing Society and Modern Pentathlon Center Denver CO
Genadijus Sokolovas
High Performance Director at USA Pentathlon, Senior Physiologist at Global Sport Technology


Dr G as he is called by our kids,  comes to Cheyenne Fencing Club occasionally to help train our Olympic hopefuls.

He is a masterful fencer and is also recognized as one of the most knowledgeable swimming researchers in the world.

If you haven't seen him at our Denver fencing club then you will catch him at the OTC where he often run fencing and pentathlon training sessions.

A Interview with Olympian Elaine Cheris 

Focus on Local Denver

Cheyenne Fencing's owner, Elaine, has been in the Denver Colfax community for over 40 years and while Colfax has always had its ups and downs the small businesses on Colfax really need our support in these times.  
Here are just two of these businesses we want to let you about.
Tessa Delicatessen


Just a block west of Cheyenne - see an article on their November opening here and remember to pick up some dinner for your kids after lessons or camp.

Los Parceros

Just a block east of Cheyenne and under new management as of July 2020

See more information on this new (but old) Columbian restaurant here.

If you go there, mention that you are from Cheyenne and receive 10% off.

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