Looking for parents (or kids) who were at JOs for the first time in 2016. Especially interested in those folks who may be relatively new to fencing and/or did not make the cut in their events. Here's why I'm interested: Recently an article quoting a relatively well known fencing personality/coach painted the JOs as a "brutal" experience. According to the coach: "the contingent from New York is especially annoying to deal with in the competitive environment. 'It will be brutal,' he said. 'Junior Olympic competitors in the New York area are very spoiled rich kids who travel the world to fence. They are straight ‘A’ students who put in 30 hours a week training and they are very driven. They’ll behave horribly. If they beat you, they will scream and taunt you.'" ---- I agree that the JOs can be "brutal", but not for the reasons laid out by the coach quoted in the article. Rather, I think JOs can be rough because of the caliber of fencing on the strips. This weekend in Cleveland, I personally witnessed kids in my daughter's pool and adjacent pools going 0-6 and scoring only a handful of touches. That's got to be tough. Wondering how any families with kids in this situation felt about JOs...do you think the trip and the expense worth it despite your kid not making it out of pools?