Mark Midler

Mark Petrovich Midler (Russian: Марк Петрович Мидлер; 24 September 1931 – 31 May 2012) was a Soviet Russian foil fencer. He competed at four Olympic Games, and won two gold medals.[3]

Mark Midler
Personal information
Full nameMark Petrovich Midler
Born(1931-09-24)24 September 1931
Moscow, Soviet Union
Died31 May 2012(2012-05-31) (aged 80)[1]
ClubBurevestnik Moskva

Early and personal lifeEdit

Midler was born in Moscow, Soviet Union, and was Jewish.[3][4][5][6][7]

Fencing careerEdit

Midler was a member of the USSR National Fencing Team between 1951 and 1967.[8][3] He trained at Burevestnik in Moscow.[9][3]

Midler won the Soviet individual foil title six times (1954–57, 1963 and 1965) and Soviet Cup in 1961.[3]

World ChampionshipsEdit

Midler won four consecutive World Championships in Foil, in 1959 to 1962.[3] He also won a silver medal in 1957 and bronze medals in 1959 and 1961.[10][3] Along with his Soviet teammates, he won the World Team Championships in Foil five times: in 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, and 1966.[3] They also won a silver medal in 1967.[3]


Midler was captain of the Foil team for the 1960 Olympic Games and the 1964 Olympic Games.[3] They won the gold medal in Team Foil at both Olympics.[3]

Coaching careerEdit

Midler coached fencing for the Olympic teams of the Soviet Union and Russia.[3] From 1971 until 2000, Midler was the coach of the Soviet and later Russian national foil team.[3] He was also the head coach of the Soviet 1980 Olympic foil team, Unified Team 1992 Olympic foil team, and Russian 1996 and 2000 Olympic foil teams.[3]


Midler was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.[11] In 1960 he was awarded the Order of the Badge of Honor.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "NOS Sport – Schermlegende Midler overleden". Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  2. ^ "Olympics Statistics: Mark Midler". Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2010-09-25.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Mark Midler Olympic Results". Retrieved 2010-09-25.
  4. ^ Day by Day in Jewish Sports History - Bob Wechsler
  5. ^ Great Jews in Sports - Robert Slater
  6. ^ Jewish Affairs
  7. ^ Encyclopedia of Jews in Sports - Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, Roy Silver
  8. ^ Profile at the Russian Fencing Federation[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ a b Boris Khavin (1979). All about Olympic Games (in Russian) (2nd ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 564.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-02-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ Jewish Sports Legends: The International Jewish Hall of Fame – Joseph Siegman. Retrieved 2012-06-01.

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