Micahnik, who is currently the coach for the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s fencing teams, built a very impressive career for himself also at Penn. Under the tutelage of Penn Athletic Hall of Fame member Maestro Lajos Csiszar, Micahnik began his prestigious career with All-Ivy Leauge accolades his senior year, competing in the Eastern finals in 1958 and 1959.
The following year, Micahnik competed in the first of his three Olympic Games, heading to Rome in 1960, Tokyo in 1964 and Mexico City in 1968. Micahnik’s forte was the epee, and he won the U.S. National title in 1960, with second place finishes in 1964, 1966 and 1968. Micahnik’s epee team won the U.S. championships from 1965-68.
Competing in the World Maccabiah games in 1965, Micahnik won the individual epee title and took second in the foil, with the epee and foil teams both earning gold medals. In 1969 at the same competition, Micahnik again won the individual epee til, as did the epee team.
Currently, Micahnik is a Fencing Master, accredited by the U.S. Fencing Coaches’ Association, and besides coaching at the University of Pennsylvania, he has guided several U.S. National teams, U.S. Under-20 teams and U.S. World University teams. In 1997, he was honored as the International Fencing Association’s Coach of the Year.