August 6, 2021
by News 12 Long Island
Michael Mokretsov, who owns the New York Fencing Academy in Port Washington, just got a little more popular now that he successfully coached Romain Cannone to win Olympic gold.
While Cannone isn’t a Long Islander, Mokretsov is. He lives in Woodmere and has worked with Cannone since he was 12 years old.
“When he started, he was a regular kid,” says Mokretesov. “He wasn’t super strong or super-fast. There was nothing specific to tell about him to say OK an Olympic champion walking in the gym.”
Alan Temiryaev was Cannone’s former training partner. Temiryaev says Romain worked hard. He also says don’t be surprised if another gold medalist comes out of the Port Washington club.
“Definitely sets the bar high and now it makes me feel like I have to do it so see you guys in 2028 LA,” says Temiryaev.