Please Explain is a Rio Olympics series (or maybe just this one post) in which I ask sports experts to explain a sport I am clueless about. Hopefully I will find experts to explain other sports to me.
Fencing is a great sport. It’s pseudo-techno-sword-fighting! What more could you want? I’ll tell you: to get rid of épée, the stupid version of the sport.
French fencer Enzo Lefort crashed out in the round of 32 yesterday to Germany’s Peter Joppich. Also his phone crashed out of his uniform in the process. There is a lot of in-uniform technical equipment involved in fencing, but I’m pretty sure a loose smartphone isn’t part of it.
Yesterday, we showed you the bizarre aftermath of the women's individual épée semifinal, which was won by Germany's Britta Heidemann after a timing error put another second on the clock and allowed Heidemann to score a decisive touch on South Korea's Shin A Lam. Shin then proceeded to remain on the piste for more than…
A timing error in the last second of the bout led to a 20-minute delay and a controversial decision in the women's individual épée semifinal today between South Korean Shin A Lam and German Britta Heidemann, one that has the Korean refusing to leave the piste.
Diego Occhiuzzi's chances at a sabre medal in London were slim—the Italian fencer came into the competition as a 14 seed. So we don't blame him for this awesome freakout after his semifinal win over Romanian Rares Dumitrescu. In a bracketed event, after all, winning a semi is the only way to guarantee a medal…
Name: Race Imboden
Pál Schmitt won gold medals in fencing at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics, and in 1992 wrote his doctoral dissertation on the Modern Olympiad. He stepped down as President today, after his alma mater stripped him of his degree after it came to light that he had plagiarized more than 90 percent of his dissertation. And if…
Because when's the last time you saw someone get knocked out with a 7-pound dildo? [Video via here, music via Star Trek]
Our college sports teams are rocketing into the 21st Century on a wave of aggressive, overcaffeinated, lightning-themed spirit creatures. Why is that bird looking at me like that? Is he smiling or mad? Get out of my soul, winged devil!
"Did you ever watch the Olympics and wonder what it would be like to put on that dashing, all-white fencer's uniform... and actually know what to do when the referee says, 'En garde'? No, neither did I." [Slate]
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