This fervor both cheers and saddens Master Csiszar, whose native Hungary now rules the fencing world. "There can be good fencers in America," notes Csiszar. "They are here in college, but they leave, they get jobs, they get married, they do not come back. It takes the love and confidence Dick Dyer has."
The importance of confidence, Dyer himself acknowledges. "Maybe the European tempo is faster," he observed recently, sizing up his chances, "but I'm not sitting here thinking the Europeans are better. Baron de Coubertin said the important thing is not winning but taking part. Well, that's hog-wash. The important thing is to take part and win."