Last year at the World Championships, the U.S. women were wiped out in the team epee competition. They lost to France 44-25 in the quarterfinals, then to Hungary 45-32 in the placement rounds and then to Ukraine 45-39 in the 11th-place bout.
This year, Courtney Hurley, Kelley Hurley and Maya Lawrence returned from that team. Hurley went 8-3 and 5-2 in her last two sessions to clinch the quarterfinal against Italy. A loss to South Korea followed, leaving the USA battling for bronze against Russia.
Kelley sparked a comeback in the middle of a low-scoring contest, and then Lawrence staked the USA to a two-point lead, 27-25.
Courtney traded touches until time ran out. It all came down to one touch in overtime, and they got it. Bronze for the USA, the country's first medal of an otherwise-frustrating fencing competition in London.