By Emily Goddard

Jim Page 12-11-121November 13 - Jim Page has retired from his position as USA Fencing's director of sports strategy following London 2012. 

The 71-year-old former Olympian in Nordic combined started work at USA Fencing on a several week contract in 2006 but continued work at the sport's national governing body as high performance director through to June of 2007, leaving to help Team USA in the lead-up to the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

He returned to USA Fencing again in August 2010, first as the high performance director and later as the director of sport strategy.

Page (pictured top), who is stepping down to spend more time with his wife, Ginny, and their grandchildren, said one of his best memories in the sport is watching gold and bronze medallist Mariel Zagunis, silver and bronze medallist Sada Jacobson and double bronze medallist Becca Ward make history with their sweep of the podium in Beijing.

"It's been a great couple years and I've had the chance to work with some amazing athletes and coaches and the talent in USA Fencing just keeps getting better," Page said.

"I've had some memories that will last a lifetime and I'm proud that our athletes are continuing to succeed and make the United States a real force on the international level."

Becca Ward Sada Jacobson and Mariel Zagunis pose on the podium with the bronze medal for the Womens Team SabreJim Page says his best memories at USA Fencing include watching Mariel Zagunis (centre), Sada Jacobson (left) and Becca Ward (right) take gold, silver and bronze, respectively, in the women's sabre, as well as the bronze in the team sabre event at the Beijing 2008 Olympics

USA Fencing chief executive Val Belmonte recognised Page's accomplishments during a farewell luncheon.

"Even beyond fencing, Jim has had an amazing impact on amateur sports in the United States as a whole," he said.

"He's a person of high personal integrity whose hallmarks have been a deep commitment to competitive excellence and a dedication to the Olympic ideals.

"Throughout his tenure, Jim's priority, first and foremost, has been to make sure athletes receive the best coaching, meaningful training opportunities, support from the US Olympic Committee [USOC] and positive experiences.

"Under Jim's leadership USA Fencing has developed a closer relationship with the USOC and he has proudly upheld a culture of sustained international competitive excellence."

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