NEW YORK — Tim Gunn sits on a bench in a long room that was once the cafeteria of a Manhattan school.
He moves from pair to pair, doling out advice and pushing athletes who are struggling.
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Tim Morehouse, a three-time Olympian, runs the practice, calmly and firmly correcting his fencers.
The 62-year-old only discovered the sport five months ago, but it has become his newest passion thanks to the careful mentoring of Morehouse.
They meet twice a week, and Gunn goes to the club on his own to practice footwork.
Pairs of high-school-aged fencers face off on narrow strips, lunging at each other with sabers.
Gunn may seem sure of himself — because he always does — but he is as raw and inexperienced as anyone in the gym.