About Ted Eckersdorff
Ted was a member of the U.S. Modern Pentathlon National Team for 12 years. Modern Pentathlon is an Olympic event that includes equestrian show jumping, fencing, pistol shooting, swimming and running. He started out as a swimmer at Queens College of C.U.N.Y. and was the Captain and M.V.P. his senior year. He won the 1978 Athlete-Scholar Award, and ran cross country and fenced for the Knights. Upon graduation, he moved to the Olympic Training Center in Texas to pursue modern pentathlon training and competition. In 1979 he qualified for the C.I.S.M. Military World Championships and took the team silver, and in 1981 represented the U.S. at the World Championships, where the U.S. team won the equestrian event. At his second CISM World Championships, he took the team bronze medal, and 9th overall. In 1983, Ted was the National Champion in Epee team fencing. Ted has been coaching fencing and introducing students to the sport of fencing at his “salle” in Mill Valley for the past 21 years.