The honeymoon has been over for only a couple of months, but the happy newlyweds - Rich and Terri White - are already back at each other's throats with blades.
Funny thing is, though, that's how the whole relationship started.Rich and Terri White are a dueling duo, a husband-and-wife fencing team. In fact, they first met as members of the BYU fencing team back in January 1987. They return to the team later this year as the team's first man-and-wife tandem, continuing to complete their undergraduate degrees.
This weekend they're partcipating in the fencing competition of the 1988 Utah Summer Games. Terri came down for first-day action Friday; Rich is planning to join her today.
Ranked among Utah's top half-dozen fencers in their respective divisions, Rich and Terri often find themselves squaring off in competition. No problem - they're usually helping each other in training and practicing skills.
Terri says having two fencers in the same family can be frustrating, especially when facing each other during tedious training and drilling sessions. However, besides motivating each other, the togetherness also helps in pinpointing weaknesses and developing strategies.
And, Terri, what do people say when they find out you two fencers married? "They say, `I'm sure, at least you know how to settle all your arguments.' "
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It took him three yars, but C.A. "Doc" Hildebrand, has finally made it to the Summer Games' horseshoe competition. And Doc would be the first to admit that at his age - he'll turn 75 soon - one can't wait too long to make an appearance.
He was all set to compete in the inaugural games in 1986, but he had cataract surgery on his left eye. Last year, hes missed the competition because of - you guessed it - the same surgery on his right eye.
Folks agree Doc's a character as they watch him flirt with the ladies scoring the matches, kid his competitors and call any fellow near his age "young man."
But some of the same folks know the St. George resident has had his hand in history. A Marine during World War II, Doc ws responsible for fetching the flag that was later hoisted up on Iwo Jima.
Doc picked up horseshoes about four years ago. "It's inexpensive and it's the greatest exercise," he says. "You bend down, pick up two and a half pounds and pitch it 40 feet. And win or lose, the person you played against had to do the same thing."
Later this summer, he'll head to california to compete in the world horseshoe championships in California, tagging along with some of the local throwers like Dennis Ohms. "Of course, I'll be in a lower class, but who cares."
For now, it's action in the Utah Games, where he won a bronze medal in the men's team competition Thursday. Friday he was participating in doubles play, with the singles competition awaiting Saturday.
Just before beginning his third match in Friday's intense summer heat, Doc was talking about how two cataract surgeries affect his vision. "Now that they don't have the stakes painted, I just have to guess and throw down at that black dirt," he said, pointing toward the opposite pit.
Only minutes later, he picked up the shoes and made his first two pitches - both ringers. With a twinkle in his eye, he stepped back to face the young woman scoring his match. "Whoh, I just got lucky."
But nobody within earshot seemed to believe his mock-surprise statement.