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The Players' Tribune: That's Fencing

09/30/2015, 5:00pm CDT
By Daryl Homer

Daryl Homer, 2012 Olympian and 2015 Senior World silver medalist, wrote the following blog for The Players' Tribune ...  

When you’re on the strip, it’s like war.

That’s what people who don’t follow fencing usually fail to understand. There are a lot of preconceived notions about the sport, and that’s understandable. But once you look past the prim and proper trimmings, you’ll find as much passion, energy and athleticism at major fencing competitions as you will at any other sporting event. And make no mistake: these guys are tough.

I remember at one competition, there was this guy from Kazakhstan, who was fencing one of my teammates. The winner would go on to fence me in the next round. Now, this guy was just styling on my teammate, showing off after every point and just acting like a jerk. He ended up winning the match ... more>

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