was captain of the Soviet Union’s Olympic gold medal
Foil teams in 1960 and 1964. He was also a member of Soviet
Foil teams that won World Team Championships five times.
won a World Championships silver medal in Individual Foil
in 1957, and Individual bronze medals in 1959 and 1961.
His World Foil team’s five gold medals were captured
in 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965 and 1966. In 1967, Midler’s
Soviet Foil team won a silver medal.
The Moscow-born foil
master joined the Soviet national team in 1954, and was
one of the early prodigies of the
Union’s budding fencing program. Midler has served
through the years as one of the old Soviet Union’s
and Russia’s Olympic coaches.